[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: Service Delegation

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Jan 10 12:08:23 UTC 2011

On Fri Jan  7 20:14:42 2011, XMPP Extensions Editor wrote:
> URL: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/service-delegation.html

I mostly like this, and would encourage the council to accept it,  
despite my argument below that it might benefit from radical changes.

Some comments:

1) A minor niggle - I hate using "query" as the <iq/> element. Feels  
very old-fashioned. :-)

2) Delegations may need to include a node.

3) The "type" attribute used feels highly underspecified. I suspect  
something with a couple of levels of heirarchy, similar to (and  
possibly the same as) the disco <identity/> category and type.  
Equally, it needs a registry defined, and a human-readable string  
wouldn't hurt, so maybe the best option would be to simply use the  
same <identity/> element and have done with it.

4) Conceptually, this feels similar to disco#items anyway. We can't  
use disco#items directly, though, because we can't include the  
purpose in the items listing, which is unfortunate - I do wonder if  
we could include a child element of <item/> there to include that  
information, though. It could prove useful in other cases:

<iq from='dwd at dave.cridland.net' type='result' id='foo'>
<query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#items'  
<item jid='dave.cridland at isode.com' name='Work account'>
  <x:delegation category='account' type='registered' purpose='work'/>
  <!-- This item is a delegation to indicate my work account -->

Or even:

<iq from='dave.cridland.net' type='result' id='bar'>
<query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#items'  
<item jid='chat.dave.cridland.net' name='Work account'>
  <x:delegation category='account' type='registered'  
  <!-- This MUC service should be used for  
http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0045.html#continue -->

Note I'm not using <identity/> in this suggestion because - of course  
- it won't fit. I assume the existence of a purpose registry, to  
indicate some kind of purpose of the entity from the perspective of  
the queried entity.

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