[Standards] Threaded chats

Greg Hudson ghudson at MIT.EDU
Fri Feb 9 18:50:31 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-02-09 at 11:29 -0700, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> And I don't see why we can't use <thread/> and <subject/> for that -- 
> <thread/> is the machine-friendly tracking mechanism (client associates 
> each thread with a different color or tree or sub-window or whatever) 
> and <subject/> is the human-readable text (client shows for mouseovers 
> or whatever).

<thread/> could certainly be used for color-coding, although each client
would presumably wind up choosing a different color for the same thread.

Within a MUC, using <subject> to provide a human-readable thread topic
is likely to run afoul of the existing room subject behavior.  Although
we can mandate that new clients distinguish between messages with
<subject> and <body> and messages with only <subject>, it would probably
not interact well with old clients or MUC implementations.

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