[Foundation] Jabber Usage Guidelines

Stephen Lee srlee at sltscommunications.net
Mon Mar 25 10:00:28 CST 2002


It would appear to me to be a little premature to be defining a set of
guidelines on something that the foundation has not even really decided
is a protocol or a name. I have seen several discussions on this issue
with no real definitive reply (although I may have missed it). When
reading the IETF  draft it states.. "Jabber is a set of open, XML-based
protocols for which there exist multiple implementations". So I would
assume that jabber is a protocol. If this is the case than the question
arises.. Can you copyright a protocol?

I would also think that the foundation should decide the direction it is
going to take on the trademark issue. Regardless of the direction Jabber
inc., the foundation should have a game plan in place for the jabber
trademark issue. Has there been a council meeting or board meeting to
discuss the direction of the foundation on this issue?

I would be more than pleased to work on the guidelines for usage, but it
would seem to me that we as a foundation should decide the direction we
are going to take on these open issues first.

Steve


-----Original Message-----
From: members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org] On
Behalf Of Harold E. Gottschalk Jr.
Sent: March 23, 2002 4:36 PM
To: members at jabber.org
Subject: RE: [Foundation] Jabber Usage Guidelines


Great Suggestion Michael, Steve Lee would you be willing to volunteer to
head up a strawman for this? heg

> -----Original Message-----
> From: members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org]On
> Behalf Of Michael Bauer
> Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2002 7:19 AM
> To: members at jabber.org
> Subject: [Foundation] Jabber Usage Guidelines
>
>
>
> Regardles of the position of Jabber, Inc., I think it might be in the 
> best interest of the Foundation to come up with a set of acceptable 
> use guidelines for using the term Jabber in and of itself.  Brand 
> names are adjectives, so one set of guidelines might be to advocate 
> that people use the term Jabber as a secondary adjective for their 
> primary brand name, like this:
>
> The Persimmon Jabber Server
> The Papaya Jabber Client
>
> Of course, there are a whole set of uses that can be proscribed. 
> Traditionally, this even includes font and logos.  Of course, the 
> Foundation isn't going to specify an official font, but it might 
> specify things like if Jabber is going to be used in a stylized font, 
> it has to stand alone and can't be distorted, like having the "e" in 
> Jabber facing backwards.
>
> It would be interesting to see if there was some way to come up with a

> solution to this problem from the Foundation's perspective.  I think 
> some guidelines would be useful to help insure the brand's integrity. 
> Regardless, some kind of independent statement might be useful.
>
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