[Standards] geoloc: PEP=user, <iq>=resource

Chris Mullins chris.mullins at coversant.net
Tue May 29 21:24:25 UTC 2007

Adam Nemeth wrote: 
> I still think Geoloc is meaningless

I think the days of being able to specify your own resource are drawing
to a close. It's nice, for now, that you can enter "mobile" or "office"
as your resource, but it's not something that's going to be allowed much
longer, I suspect.

Already our server, when running in an Active Cluster, requires server
generated resources. Google Talk does server modified resources, and I
suspect other implementations will go that route.

It's also a bit more secure for all involved to have server generated
resources, which is a nice plus.

The big kicker though, is that at the end of the day, it's easier on
consumers. You don't have to ask them "What's your resource?". You don't
have to deal with errors relating to resource conflicts, and you don't
have to worry about the various multi-lingual implications of getting
"office" right in 34 different languages all while on a resource. 

Keeping the resource opaque, and then attaching metadata to it via the
client (geo-loc, etc) makes a lot more sense. 

Chris Mullins

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