[standards-jig] Message Body rendering conformance.

David Waite mass at akuma.org
Sun Jan 20 06:23:54 UTC 2002

I think Shawn is talking about standardizing the current text-based
formatting options (i.e. /me, and groupchat-specifics like /subject, /join,
and /part).

-David Waite

----- Original Message -----
>From: "Julian Missig" <julian at jabber.org>
To: <standards-jig at jabber.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2002 11:09 PM
Subject: Re: [standards-jig] Message Body rendering conformance.

> This should probably go to the Fomatting JIG ;) - But it's perfectly
> possible to make another extension if you don't like the XHTML one.
> Julian
> Shawn Wilton wrote:
> > Hey howdy.  I had an idea and wanted to put it before
> > the big shots.  They told me to send it here.  ;-)
> >
> > So the idea is this.  We have a problem right now
> > with how clients handle the rendering/formatting of
> > the message body.  Now I know about the xhtml spec and
> > this has *nothing* to do with that.  If you want bold,
> > italicism, etc. then you should use the xhtml.  No,
> > what I'm talking about are things like the irc tags
> > and emoticons.  Now when I go to use the aim or the
> > msn system, etc. then I get a consist look and feel
> > in the formatting of a message.  I know what the other
> > person is going to see when i send them something.
> > Unfortunately we do not yet have this sort of
> > congruence in jabber and I think this only hurts us.
> >
> > Here's what I propose:
> > We need a system.  A system that clients can implement
> > that gives all of us a similar format to work with.
> > 1.  We need emoticons.  These should be smileys, winks,
> >     etc. and they need to be free (BSD lisenced icons).
> >     For these emoticons we also need standard maps
> >     from text -> graphic that people can use in their
> >     clients.
> > 2.  We need a standard list of irc like tags.  As it
> >     stands, almost all clients implement /me for example.
> >     I would also propose others for standard convenience.
> >     /c for close, /subject for a subject change, and
> >     anything else people can think of.
> >
> > Now this would all be optional of course since we can't
> > and don't want to force people to use a system they
> > don't care for.  But atleast then we have set of standards
> > and free for use icons to work off of.
> >
> > I don't know, lmk what you think.
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