[standards-jig] JEP-0084: Why only one avatar?

Thomas Muldowney temas at box5.net
Mon Jul 21 16:29:52 UTC 2003

On Sat, 2003-07-19 at 18:18, Bob Wyman wrote:
>     The way JEP-0084 reads, it appears that you can only have one
> avatar. However, it seems to me that it is likely that people are
> going to want/need to have more than one. For instance, I might want
> to publish a "low resolution" avatar for use by people who have PDA's
> or cell phones with tight memory constraints and a "high resolution"
> avatar for folk that have bigger machines on broadband connections. I
> might also want to make available several variants of a single avatar,
> for instance, I might make .jpg, .png, .mpeg and .gif versions
> available and let subscribers decide which they wanted.
>     I think it would be reasonable to allow people to make more than
> one avatar available and to provide some descriptive information which
> would allow a client to choose the appropriate avatar from the
> available set. 
>     Also, I would strongly suggest that you include a "byte-count"
> element in the meta-data so that memory/bandwidth constrained
> applications can decide whether or not they have the necessary
> resources for an avatar before they retrieve it.
>         bob wyman

It doesn't actually limit you to one currently, but perhaps that is
unclear.  I will take that and the byte-count value under advisement
while I work on the JEP this week.


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