[Standards-JIG] XEP-0136 Thoughts and Musings

Ian Paterson ian.paterson at clientside.co.uk
Thu Nov 9 23:31:16 UTC 2006

Jean-Louis Seguineau wrote:
> Ian, I perfectly understand your concerns when it comes to mobile users, and
> I agree that we should keep it in mind whenever we design the protocol.


> On the Atom front, the tick is to make abstraction of the word
> "syndication". Doing so and re-reading the RFC, you will no doubt find out
> you can do what the XEP is meant to achieve using Atom elements.

I have no doubt that this XEP *could* be implemented over Atom (in fact 
I read your blog - and read that entry at the time you published it).

But, as I said in my last post (see below), although it is an 
interesting idea, I don't remember anybody explaining a compeling reason 
to use Atom yet, and I believe there is at least one compeling reason 
not too.

> I agree we should reuse other protocols where there is synergy. But I'm 
> not sure I understand the synergy between a publishing protocol like 
> Atom and a personal archiving protocol like XEP-0136. Most likely very 
> few people will be interested in publishing their private chats on Web 
> servers.
> Atom is also far more verbose than we need. Mobile clients that are 
> limited by their runtime environments to XML-only communication (no 
> stream compression) would find it relatively impractical to browse the 
> content of even "body" collections.

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