[standards-jig] NEW: Vacation Messages (JEP-0109)

Robert Norris rob at cataclysm.cx
Tue Jul 29 23:46:38 UTC 2003

> A user being on vacation seems fundamentally related to presence. If the 
> JEP was changed to express the fact the user was on vacation through 
> presence, that allows a potentially much richer set of functionality. 
> For example, when you get just a vacation message back from the server 
> as a reply, that relies on a human to parse the message and understand 
> that the person is on vacation. If vacation was expressed through 
> presence that could potentially let us programatically know that the 
> person is on vacation and then show a palm tree next to their name in 
> the roster, trigger some action, etc, etc.

Cute idea :) But I have no idea how to make it work. Its certainly not a
presence function (it has nothing to do with _session_ presence).

> Unfortunately, I don't have any specific ideas on how you could express 
> being on vacation through presence. :( However, the current JEP seems 
> like it needs some sort of changes. It really feels more like a feature 
> that a particular server might implement rather than a full protocol 
> that should go through the standardization process.

It was going to be a server feature, until I realised I needed some way
to setup the required properties. That requires protocol, so here it is.


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