[Standards] Comment to rfc3921 pt 11.1 : handling of messages to ressources with identical priorities

Joe Hildebrand hildjj at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 16:07:59 UTC 2007

On Aug 27, 2007, at 4:08 PM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

>    If there is not one highest-priority available resource but
>    instead the highest priority is asserted by two or more
>    available resources, the server SHOULD deliver the message
>    to all of those resources.

To be clear, I'm not against the messages going to more than one  
resource on priority ties.  I'm opposed to the receiving client not  
knowing if they can stop showing them, because they've been handled  
by another client for that user.  To that end, here's an example of a  
PEP node that would address my issue:

<iq type='set' id='pub1'>
   <pubsub xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/pubsub'>
     <publish node='urn:xmpp:handled'>
         <handled xmlns='urn:xmpp:handled'>
           <handler>juliet at example.com/balcony</handler>
           <from>romeo at example.net/orchard</from>
           <body algo='sha1'>raSaTuhicMYKGLpOzi926pZFyks=</body>

The hash is base64(sha1(body)).  If there was no message id, type,  
body, or thread, the corresponding element won't be in the publish.   
Handler and from are required.

This is to say this message has been handled:

     to='juliet at example.com'
     from='romeo at example.net/orchard'
   <body>Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike.</body>

This goes to Juliet's "urn:xmpp:handled" node, which SHOULD keep  
track of the last several messages handled (another good use case for  
multiple items in a PEP node...).  Juliet's other clients SHOULD  
implicitly subscribe to this node.  When a user starts to process a  
message (begins a reply, closes the window, etc.) that was addressed  
to a node at domain (bare) JID, that client MUST publish a handled  
notification via PEP for each previously-unhandled message that can  
now be acknowledged.  When a client has a message that has been  
received, but not yet acknowledged, and receives a PEP publish that  
the message has been handled by another resource, the client SHOULD  
remove that message from display, and SHOULD remove the message from  
whatever message logs into which it has been placed.

Joe Hildebrand

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