[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: Data Element

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Mon Nov 12 21:39:22 UTC 2007

Andreas Monitzer wrote:
> On Nov 10, 2007, at 00:38, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>>> URL: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/data-element.html
>> See, that was easy, wasn't it? ;-)
> I can see three issues here:
> 1. Your extension doesn't have any namespace 

Right, I wrote it up too fast, the example is missing the namespace

> and doesn't use the x-element.

The element name doesn't matter. The <x/> name was just an early
convention among the Jabber developers in 1999 or so.

> 2. URLs are limited to 1024 bytes IIRC, so your 10k limit can not be
> reached. 

There is no limit on URIs:


However, in the old days some clients and servers didn't handle long
URIs (and some may still not).

> If you go into the trouble of inventing a new element for it,
> why not put the base64-data between the tags?
> <message from='ladymacbeth at shakespeare.lit/castle'
> to='macbeth at chat.shakespeare.lit' type='groupchat'>
>     <body>Yet here's a spot.</body>
>     <data type='image/png;base64' alt="A
> ch9//q1uH4TLzw4d6+ErXMMcXuHWxId3KOETnnXXV6MJpcq2MLaI97CER3N0  
> vr4MkhoXe0rZigAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==</data>
> </message>

Well that's not a data: URL, and I figured that some software would
already have support for data: URLs.

> 3. Your data tag in the example starts with a ' but ends with a ". (ok,
> that's nitpicking)

See above on writing it up too fast.


Peter Saint-Andre

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