[Summit] [Standards] XMPP the future of whiteboarding

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Fri Jun 20 14:55:28 CDT 2008

On 06/20/2008 12:58 PM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 06/20/2008 12:53 PM, Dietrich Ayala wrote:
>> This is an example of shared whiteboarding by syncing the DOM of an
>> SVG fragment over XMPP. I thought it was neat because it piggybacked
>> on pre-existing Web technologies.
>> http://hyperstruct.net/2007/2/24/xml-sync-islands-let-the-web-sharing-begin
>> What are the relevant XEPs or other specs in this space right now?
> Well, we basically have two competing approaches:
> 1. Shared XML Editing with SVG:
> http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/sxe.html
> http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/whiteboard.html
> This is the approach taken by the Psi project (GSoC project a year or
> two ago) and it could be harmonized with Coccinella and some other
> open-source projects, I think.
> 2. A dedicated whiteboarding protocol developed and used by some folks
> in the U.S. military:
> http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/inbox/whiteboard2.html

Oh, and then there are folks who are more interested in something like
the sync-islands approach, sharing DOM events over XMPP and not defining
the higher-level semantics in some long series of XSF specifications.
They tend to chat on the api at jabber.org list:


Yes, I know, too many lists!!!


Peter Saint-Andre

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