[standards-jig] Namespaces

Dave Smith dizzyd at jabber.org
Tue Aug 6 17:55:11 UTC 2002


Ok, we've danced around the issues for a while. Time to get serious and 
deal with namespaces and Jabber. While the XML that Jabber generates 
(externally) is correctly namespaced, the server itself has no knowledge 
of namespaces.  As a person who is working on a new client with full 
support for namespaces, I can safely say that having the server _appear_ 
to support namespaces can cause many headaches. So where do we go from 

I would like to see us as a community set a date goal for ourselves to 
having proper namespace support in our servers. I believe we must do 
this to provide sufficient motivation to have the transition complete 
within a finite amount of time. My guess is that this transition will 
take at most a year (September 1, 2003)? During this timespan we would 
probably have breakage with clients that don't support properly 
namespaced connections, so we'd have to work through some strategies for 
figuring out at connection time whether or not a client has full 
namespace support; one way of doing this would be to have namespaced 
servers and clients using a different port; or vice-versa.

These points are all just a starting point for this process, but I 
believe that we _must_ pursue full namespace compliance in the near 

Comments? :)


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