[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: References

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Wed Feb 24 12:36:51 UTC 2016

On 15 Feb 2016, at 14:03, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:
> 3) I'm mildly concerned that §3.4 radically alters the meaning of the <reference/> element. It seems to me that "This message refers to X" is different to "That message refers to X" at a fairly fundamental level; the former being metadata whereas the latter is the data itself for the stanza in which they are present. This is merely a mild concern and I'm possibly jumping at shadows, but the addition of a single attribute does seem to radically alter the sense of the element itself. Would notifications of mentions also use this syntax, by the way?

To me, the reference is just saying there’s a reference from one thing to another thing, and it’s just that in the case that it’s ‘this stanza’ that’s doing the referencing it’s implicit. Possibly if I was to present it that way, it would seem like less of a radical change?


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