[Standards] Request for Comments: XEP: Tables in Instant Messaging

Peter Waher Peter.Waher at clayster.com
Fri Dec 13 14:39:42 UTC 2013

Hello Dave

Thanks for your question. Even though result sets as these (containing data records in tabular form) can be returned as results to queries using data forms, there are several differences, some of which are:

*         It's a result to a query, not a chat message. So it's not clear for a client how to present it in a chat session.

*         It relates to a previous data form, defining fields and values. The natural response to such a message is to display the table in a separate (search) results window.

*         It only contains data, not formatting important when presenting tables (alignments, and simple styles like fonts, colors, etc.)

*         It does not allow for segmentation, i.e. breaking up into several messages.

The goal is to be able to do something like this:

And avoid problems with tabulations inherent in normal text:

Best regards,
Peter Waher

From: Dave Cridland [mailto:dave at cridland.net]
Sent: den 12 december 2013 09:24
To: XMPP Standards
Subject: Re: [Standards] Request for Comments: XEP: Tables in Instant Messaging

What's the difference between this approach and that of XEP-0004 Example 8?

On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 2:31 AM, Peter Waher <Peter.Waher at clayster.com<mailto:Peter.Waher at clayster.com>> wrote:

I've written a new proposal for a XEP: Tables in Instant Messaging. (attached).

As we discussed earlier, it was considered a better idea to have a separate XEP for this, than to extend XEP-0071 (XHTML-IM) to support tables (which was my original idea). So, I've written a proposal for this, trying to keep tables as simple as possible for simple implementation into IM-clients.

What do you think? Any comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Best regards,
Peter Waher

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