[standards-jig] Developmen Standards

Michael Bauer bauer at jabber.com
Tue Aug 14 00:14:04 UTC 2001

The Development Standards describe what software development practices
should be followed in order to effectively integrate software within the
Jabber infrastructure.  Effectively integrating software centers around the
delivering software that substantially conforms to relevant protocols,
behaves appropriately within the overall Jabber environment, and is
developed in a spirit of mutual cooperation.

Software should conform to a set of Jabber protocols.  Submissions should be
accompanied by a clear description of which draft, core, or alternative
protocols the software conforms to as defined by relevant namespaces.  

Whether included with a software submission or not, extensions to the Jabber
protocols should be described with a Jabber Enhancement Proposal (JEP -
http://foundation.jabber.org/jeps/) that's been submitted to the appropriate
Jabber Interest Group (JIG - http://foundation.jabber.org/jigs.html).  

Operational integrity of software is up to the individual developer or
company.  Effort should be made on the part of the developer to create
software that conforms across all relevant protocol categories and across
all operating environments.  Effort should be made on the part of the users
to provide effective and constructive feedback to developers to help them
accomplish this goal in return for use of the software.  Software should
fail gracefully whenever possible.  Users should provide specific test cases
to identify software failures to assist developers in enhancing operational

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