[Standards-JIG] Re: UPDATED: JEP-0030 (Service Discovery)

Magnus Henoch mange at freemail.hu
Mon Apr 26 11:11:47 UTC 2004


"Richard Dobson" <richard at dobson-i.net> writes:

>> > Anything else?
>>
>> A piece of human-readable text in disco#info?  This could be a
>> description of the service, pointers to documentation or terms of
>> service, contact information, etc.
>
> But its not supposed to be human readable, its supposed to be processed by
> software,

Clients use service discovery to gather information to be presented to
users.  As it is now, that information is restricted to the name and
the purpose (type) of the service.  Usage instructions, policies etc
would often be desired and useful.

> IMO this would be a waste of bandwidth as it would only be useful
> in a handful of instances

That's true.  Maybe this would be implemented better with a URL,
possibly through jabber:x:oob.  This is indeed not the place for
longer texts.

> where people are debugging the xml being transmitted, and in which
> case they would need to know what everything meant anyway so even
> then IMO it has a questionable benefit.

On the contrary, IMO this feature would mainly benefit end users, and
also server admins, who can provide the location of FAQs and forums
instead of answering questions one at a time.

Magnus




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