[jdev] conversing with multiple users, but not MUC

Jeff McAdams jeffm at iglou.com
Thu Jun 19 07:31:42 CDT 2008

JabberForum wrote:
> I think the problem of a muc derived use is about all the stuffs that
> many people don't care of, or don't understand. When you go to a muc,
> you must choose a muc server explicitely (even though it is the server
> where you are already hosted) and you are proposed to chose a nickname
> for instance, or whether you want to show your jid, or else being
> anonymous, etc.

Except that pretty much all of that is a matter of client implementation.

The spec for MUC specifically envisioned potentially using it as a
seamless transition from a one-on-one discussion to a multi-way discussion.

The scenario is that a one-on-one discussion is taking place and the
users decide that they want to add a third person.  So one of the people
invites a third person into the chat.

The client, and this can be completely behind the scenes, needs to go
create a MUC, potentially send history to it, then send invites to the
other two users with a <continue/> element.

This is all described in section 7.6 of

This protocol capability gives clients all the tools they need to
seamlessly convert a one-on-one to a quick ad-hoc sort of MUC chat with
multiple people.  The user need not be even aware that MUC is being used
to do it.
Jeff McAdams
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
                                       -- Benjamin Franklin

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