[JDEV] AOL Corporate Teamwork

Anders Qvist quest at netg.se
Mon Aug 30 13:02:36 CDT 1999

On Mon, 30 Aug 1999, Jim Phillips wrote:

> How about this idea.  If a user is utilizing the AIM transport, he/she's
> going to have to tell the Jabber GUI somewhere what his/her AIM
> screen-name/password is.  On whatever dialog the Jabber GUI uses to prompt
> for that username/password, prominently display the AIM logo and provide a
> link to AOL.  Then, if the AIM transport is in use, also insert an entry
> into the help pulldown of the GUI saying something like About AOL Transport,
> which also displays the logo and a link.. That way the GUI doesn't have to
> ugly itself up with pointless logos and links but it's still in there in an
> appropriate location..

Once again: There is no such thing as *the* Jabber GUI.
Once again: We are unable to impose *any* demands on how clients are

It is the *server* that will interact with AOL servers. You may not even
know your own AOL UID because the account was automatically createdby the
transport. Admittedly, there might be a function in some GUIs to tell the
AOL transport your UID, but that UID would then be stored at you Home
Server and you may communicate with AOL users using an client.

I don't mean to jump at you. It's just that we are unable to enforce any
agreements with AOL. They must accept the work we do, or choose not to
work with us. To clarify: if anyone created a Jabber client containing
such stuff as is proposed above and released under GPL or similar license,
I would remove that code and logo and distribute a modified copy from my
web page to save space in the distribution package and installed binaries.

Anders "Quest" Qvist
NetGuide Scandinavia

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Or break the very atoms down, to see how they are made,
Or study cells, or living things, seek truth with open hand;
The profoundest act of worship is to try to understand.

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