[standards-jig] XHTML-IM (JEP-0071) and in-band images

Bart van Bragt jabber at vanbragt.com
Fri Jan 9 08:34:53 UTC 2004

Tomasz Sterna wrote:
> I don't want to lose some important plaintext messages, becouse someone
> sent me a message fulled with smileys.

Just a small remark..

Most of this discussion has been about inserting smileys in messages. Do 
we really want to send smileys again and again as binary filles attached 
to a message? Messages are used a LOT, it's rather useless to send them 
200 times in one conversation. Another (potential) problem is that they 
get lost after the conversation gets stored in the archive/history of 
the client (depending on the client and the way in which the smileys are 

IMO using inline smileys is not the way to go. We should use smiley 
packs for that purpose.

BTW maybe it's nice to first define some scenarios here? Normally when 
you design something technical you create some scenarios and then you 
create a list of requirements based on those scenarios. Then you start 
thinking about the technical part of the solution :D In 99% of the 
discussion on this list people jump right into the technical part 
without having a good understanding of the goals of the idea that they 
are proposing.


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