[Standards-JIG] Extending SMTP with XMPP?

bernhard bz at datenkueche.com
Sun Jan 22 12:27:00 UTC 2006


Hi

I think the best way to integrate Email is to use a IMAP-XMPP gateway.
To send a message is not difficult. There are SMTP Gateways.
The Structur of an email is similar to a XMPP Message.

The problem is to receive the mails and drop spam.
If it's possible to add email addresses to roster and authorize some 
addresses
this can be usefull to find important messages.

To make a soft switch from SMTP to XMPP the first step may look like 
following:

o use existing Spam-Filter of email system
o connect with IMAP to the mail system
o convert IMAP to XMPP if from-address is in roster
o read the spam in old email client

Problemes:
o IMAP has to be polled.
o Spam Filter may support whitelisting of email addresses but it is not 
easy to combine this with roster

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Problem with:

X-XMPP-Identity: binaryape at jabber.org

If you add this header it is not clear if the reply should go to XMPP or 
SMTP.
Think about this:

X-XMPP-Identity: binaryape at jabber.org
reply-to: myemail at mail.com

where should the answer go? To xmpp or smtp?



Bernhard



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