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announcement recipients often have a name like "comp.''somegroup''.announce".
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announcement recipients often have a name like "''toolname''-announce". In an announcement, the subject line commonly contains the abbreviated prefix ANN: or NN''. The contents of an announcement usually contain a title line which contains the tool name, version, release name, and date. Additional contents often fall into the following message sections: * About: a short paragraph summary of the tool's purpose * Changes: a list of the highest impact changes since the last release (should be brief since the
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comprises the definitive list) * Resources: links to project pages of interest, such as homepage, where to download, bug tracking system, etc. Some additional, optional fields might include "Highlights", "Author(s)", "License", "Requirements", and "Release History". Announcement messages are usually sent in plain text form.


Example

Example announcement message subject line: ANN: fooutils 0.9.42 beta released Example announcement message contents:
 

Fooutils 0.9.42 Beta Released -- 2006 Feb 16

ANNOUNCING Fooutils v0.2.12beta, the first beta release. About Fooutils -------------- Fooutils are a set of utilities that... Changes ------- Improved the searching facility by including... Fixed bugs: #123, #456, ... Resources --------- Homepage: http://fooutils.org Documentation: http://fooutils.org/docs Download: http://fooutils.org/download Bug Tracker: http://fooutils.org/newticket Mailing Lists: http://lists.fooutils.org/


See also

* List of e-mail subject abbreviations


Further reading

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