[Standards] Obsoleting vCard-Based Avatars

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Tue Jan 10 17:04:57 UTC 2017

On 08/01/2017 14:59, Sam Whited wrote:
> Hi all,
> XEP-0053: vCard-Based Avatars [1] is a historical specification that
> has been superseded by XEP-0084: User Avatars [2] for quite some time.
> However, since it's historical it still shows up in the list on
> xmpp.org and this seems like a possible source of confusion to me.
> I'd like to propose that we move 0053 to "Obsolete" officially. We
> could also mention in 0084 that it may be a good idea to implement it
> in a read-only fashion (as Conversations does) for backwards
> compatibility, but that new full implementations aren't recommended.
> Thoughts?
FWIW, give the remaining widespread deployment of vcard avatars compared 
to pubsub-based, and of reported lack of interop between 84 
implementations (I'm sure I remember being told that some clients aren't 
sending mandatory formats), it seems premature to me to obsolete these.


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