[jdev] Message Read Receipts

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Fri May 10 09:51:23 UTC 2013


On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 2:11 AM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im>wrote:

> Thanks for sending your message. Unfortunately, I've only had time to
> glance at the subject and haven't actually read it.
>

Right - true "read" receipts are impossible. But receipts are generally
about moving responsibility; hence XEP-0198 acks move it to the next hop,
XEP-0184 moves it to the client, and a read receipt spec would move it to
the user with an explicit ack.

I suspect there's actually little practical advantage to most people above
a simple response of "OK", but in military and other critical environments
it could well be useful, since then a client, or server, can see messages
have been acknowledged - or have been missed.

 Dave.
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