XEP-0194: User Chatting

Abstract:This specification defines an XMPP protocol extension for communicating information about the chatrooms a user visits.
Author:Peter Saint-Andre
Copyright:© 1999 - 2014 XMPP Standards Foundation. SEE LEGAL NOTICES.
Status:Deferred
Type:Standards Track
Version:0.3
Last Updated:2008-09-25

WARNING: Consideration of this document has been Deferred by the XMPP Standards Foundation. Implementation of the protocol described herein is not recommended.


Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Protocol
    2.1. Container Element and Child Elements
    2.2. Transport Mechanism
3. Security Considerations
4. IANA Considerations
5. XMPP Registrar Considerations
    5.1. Protocol Namespaces
    5.2. Namespace Versioning
6. XML Schema

Appendices
    A: Document Information
    B: Author Information
    C: Legal Notices
    D: Relation to XMPP
    E: Discussion Venue
    F: Requirements Conformance
    G: Notes
    H: Revision History


1. Introduction

Publish-Subscribe (XEP-0060) [1] and Personal Eventing Protocol (XEP-0163) [2] can be used to publish a wide variety of "extended presence" information about users. This document specifies an extended presence payload format that communicates information about the chatrooms a user visits. This information may be of interest to a user's contacts and can also be used in social networking applications.

2. Protocol

2.1 Container Element and Child Elements

Information about chatrooms is provided by the user (or automated integration with Jabber, IRC, or other systems) and is propagated on the network by the user's client. The information container for chatting data is a <room/> element that is qualified by the 'urn:xmpp:chatting:0' namespace (see Namespace Versioning regarding the possibility of incrementing the version number). The chatting information itself is provided as the XML character data of the following children of the <room/> element:

Table 1: Child Elements

Element Description Example Datatype Inclusion
name The name of the chatroom Jabber Development xs:string OPTIONAL
topic The current topic of discussion in the room BOSH meeting xs:string OPTIONAL
uri A URI for the room (this SHOULD be an XMPP URI or IRI in accordance with RFC 5122 [3] but MAY use some other URI scheme, such as the irc: scheme) xmpp:jdev@conference.jabber.org xs:anyURI REQUIRED

NOTE: The datatypes specified above are defined in XML Schema Part 2 [4].

2.2 Transport Mechanism

When a user joins a room, its client MAY publish that fact to a PEP node whose NodeID is "urn:xmpp:chatting:0" (see Namespace Versioning regarding the possibility of incrementing the version number) or to a generic pubsub node. Because chatroom information is not pure presence information and can change independently of the user's availability, it SHOULD NOT be provided as an extension to the <presence/> stanza type.

Example 1. User Publishes Chatting Information

<iq type='set' from='stpeter@jabber.org/work' id='chatting1'>
  <pubsub xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/pubsub'>
    <publish node='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
      <item id='1b395148292c0b0ab3a83bb2c22909bf83d2a80b'>
        <room xmlns='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
          <name>Jabber Development</name>
          <uri>xmpp:jdev@conference.jabber.org</uri>
        </room>
      </item>
    </publish>
  </pubsub>
</iq>
    

The chatting information is then delivered to all subscribers:

Example 2. Chatting Information is Delivered to All Subscribers

<message from='stpeter@jabber.org' to='maineboy@jabber.org'>
  <event xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/pubsub#event'>
    <items node='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
      <item id='1b395148292c0b0ab3a83bb2c22909bf83d2a80b'>
        <room xmlns='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
          <name>Jabber Development</name>
          <uri>xmpp:jdev@conference.jabber.org</uri>
        </room>
      </item>
    </items>
  </event>
</message>
    

When the user exits the room, the user's client SHOULD send an empty <room/> element with the same ItemID:

Example 3. User Publishes Exit Information

<iq type='set' from='stpeter@jabber.org/work' id='chatting2'>
  <pubsub xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/pubsub'>
    <publish node='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
      <item id='1b395148292c0b0ab3a83bb2c22909bf83d2a80b'>
        <room xmlns='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'/>
      </item>
    </publish>
  </pubsub>
</iq>
    

Example 4. Exit Information is Delivered to All Subscribers

<message from='stpeter@jabber.org' to='maineboy@jabber.org'>
  <event xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/pubsub#event'>
    <items node='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'>
      <item id='1b395148292c0b0ab3a83bb2c22909bf83d2a80b'>
        <room xmlns='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'/>
      </item>
    </items>
  </event>
</message>
    

3. Security Considerations

The chat rooms that a user visits may be sensitive. A client MUST provide a way for a user to configure which rooms or types of rooms will not be published (e.g., via user preferences).

4. IANA Considerations

This document requires no interaction with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) [5].

5. XMPP Registrar Considerations

5.1 Protocol Namespaces

This specification defines the following XML namespace:

Upon advancement of this specification from a status of Experimental to a status of Draft, the XMPP Registrar [6] shall add the foregoing namespace to the registry located at <http://xmpp.org/registrar/namespaces.html>, as described in Section 4 of XMPP Registrar Function (XEP-0053) [7].

5.2 Namespace Versioning

If the protocol defined in this specification undergoes a revision that is not fully backwards-compatible with an older version, the XMPP Registrar shall increment the protocol version number found at the end of the XML namespaces defined herein, as described in Section 4 of XEP-0053.

6. XML Schema

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>

<xs:schema
    xmlns:xs='http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema'
    targetNamespace='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'
    xmlns='urn:xmpp:chatting:0'
    elementFormDefault='qualified'>

  <xs:element name='room'>
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:sequence minOccurs='0'>
        <xs:element name='name' type='xs:string' minOccurs='0'/>
        <xs:element name='topic' type='xs:string' minOccurs='0'/>
        <xs:element name='uri' type='xs:anyURI'/>
      </xs:sequence>
    </xs:complexType>
  </xs:element>

</xs:schema>
  

Appendices


Appendix A: Document Information

Series: XEP
Number: 0194
Publisher: XMPP Standards Foundation
Status: Deferred
Type: Standards Track
Version: 0.3
Last Updated: 2008-09-25
Approving Body: XMPP Council
Dependencies: XMPP Core, XMPP IM, XEP-0060, XEP-0163
Supersedes: None
Superseded By: None
Short Name: NOT_YET_ASSIGNED
Source Control: HTML
This document in other formats: XML  PDF


Appendix B: Author Information

Peter Saint-Andre

Email: stpeter@jabber.org
JabberID: stpeter@jabber.org
URI: https://stpeter.im/


Appendix C: Legal Notices

Copyright

This XMPP Extension Protocol is copyright © 1999 - 2014 by the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF).

Permissions

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this specification (the "Specification"), to make use of the Specification without restriction, including without limitation the rights to implement the Specification in a software program, deploy the Specification in a network service, and copy, modify, merge, publish, translate, distribute, sublicense, or sell copies of the Specification, and to permit persons to whom the Specification is furnished to do so, subject to the condition that the foregoing copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Specification. Unless separate permission is granted, modified works that are redistributed shall not contain misleading information regarding the authors, title, number, or publisher of the Specification, and shall not claim endorsement of the modified works by the authors, any organization or project to which the authors belong, or the XMPP Standards Foundation.

Disclaimer of Warranty

## NOTE WELL: This Specification is provided on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ##

Limitation of Liability

In no event and under no legal theory, whether in tort (including negligence), contract, or otherwise, unless required by applicable law (such as deliberate and grossly negligent acts) or agreed to in writing, shall the XMPP Standards Foundation or any author of this Specification be liable for damages, including any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character arising from, out of, or in connection with the Specification or the implementation, deployment, or other use of the Specification (including but not limited to damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses), even if the XMPP Standards Foundation or such author has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

IPR Conformance

This XMPP Extension Protocol has been contributed in full conformance with the XSF's Intellectual Property Rights Policy (a copy of which can be found at <http://xmpp.org/about-xmpp/xsf/xsf-ipr-policy/> or obtained by writing to XMPP Standards Foundation, 1899 Wynkoop Street, Suite 600, Denver, CO 80202 USA).

Appendix D: Relation to XMPP

The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is defined in the XMPP Core (RFC 6120) and XMPP IM (RFC 6121) specifications contributed by the XMPP Standards Foundation to the Internet Standards Process, which is managed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in accordance with RFC 2026. Any protocol defined in this document has been developed outside the Internet Standards Process and is to be understood as an extension to XMPP rather than as an evolution, development, or modification of XMPP itself.


Appendix E: Discussion Venue

The primary venue for discussion of XMPP Extension Protocols is the <standards@xmpp.org> discussion list.

Discussion on other xmpp.org discussion lists might also be appropriate; see <http://xmpp.org/about/discuss.shtml> for a complete list.

Errata can be sent to <editor@xmpp.org>.


Appendix F: Requirements Conformance

The following requirements keywords as used in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119: "MUST", "SHALL", "REQUIRED"; "MUST NOT", "SHALL NOT"; "SHOULD", "RECOMMENDED"; "SHOULD NOT", "NOT RECOMMENDED"; "MAY", "OPTIONAL".


Appendix G: Notes

1. XEP-0060: Publish-Subscribe <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0060.html>.

2. XEP-0163: Personal Eventing Protocol <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0163.html>.

3. RFC 5122: Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) for the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) <http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5122>.

4. XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes <http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/>.

5. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the central coordinator for the assignment of unique parameter values for Internet protocols, such as port numbers and URI schemes. For further information, see <http://www.iana.org/>.

6. The XMPP Registrar maintains a list of reserved protocol namespaces as well as registries of parameters used in the context of XMPP extension protocols approved by the XMPP Standards Foundation. For further information, see <http://xmpp.org/registrar/>.

7. XEP-0053: XMPP Registrar Function <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0053.html>.


Appendix H: Revision History

Note: Older versions of this specification might be available at http://xmpp.org/extensions/attic/

Version 0.3 (2008-09-25)

Modified namespace in accordance with protocol versioning policies.

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Version 0.2 (2007-10-03)

Updated in accordance with XEP-0163.

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Version 0.1 (2006-08-30)

Initial version.

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Version 0.0.1 (2006-08-28)

First draft.

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