[JDEV] URL form of JID?

DJ Adams dj.adams at pobox.com
Fri Sep 21 15:37:34 CDT 2001

On Fri, Sep 21, 2001 at 11:48:52AM -0700, Jens Alfke wrote:
> Is there a standard way to represent a JID as a URL (analogous to a 
> mailto: URL)? The most basic form would be something like 
> "jabber:user at host/resource" and the default action when clicked would be 
> to send an IM to that user.

I do remember seeing examples of this in very old docu, 
it was something like your example, it could have been
jabber://user@host/resouce but then I might be going mad.

> It occurs to me that a second form would be useful for conferences / 
> chat-rooms, since the behavior of clicking the URL would be different 
> (joining the room.) AIM, I believe, uses a "?" attribute on the "aim:" 
> URL to distinguish between these things.

This is certainly an idea, but when you consider a conference
room is just one of almost an infinite variety of types of 
things, each with their own "default" action, to attempt to make
a distinction within the format is futile. 

That said, perhaps in a browsing situation, the type of thing that
a particular JID represents may be easier to discern because of 
its context within an iq:browse structure...


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