Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter, great to have you here again! This issue covers the month of August 2023. Many thanks to all our readers and all contributors!
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- The first blog post, detailing the plan to implement basic group chat functionality.
- The second blog post, describing the plans to bring a basic implementation of XEP-0045 into Moxxy’s XMPP library moxxmpp.
- The third blog post, sketching the frontend implementation plan.
- The fourth blog post, concluding with Moxxy’s completed MUC support.
- XMPP Office Hours: available on our YouTube channel
- Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): monthly meeting of XMPP enthusiasts in Berlin, every 2nd Wednesday of the month
- XMPP Italian happy hour: monthly Italian XMPP web meeting, starting May 16th and then every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (online event, with web meeting mode and live streaming).
- TroLUG XMPP Workshop The TroLUG organizes the second workshop on XMPP in German language on 2023-09-07. It takes place as audio conference via BBB. All nice people are invited to join the workshop.
There has been an XMPP track at FOSSY2023 with many talks:
- XMPP Connectivity & Security is an introduction about XMPP connectivity XEPs like XEP-0368 (Direct TLS), XEP-0467 (QUIC), XEP-0468 (WebSocket S2s) and the internals of xmpp-proxy, a forward+reverse proxy, and others.
- XMPP Introduction and Overview is a brief history and introduction to the XMPP protocol for people with small background in programming.
- My XMPP Past, Present, and Future is a point-of-view journey through the evolution of the XMPP ecosystem from 2004. It explains how it was affected by major events such as the decline of traditional IM services, the beginning of the smartphone era and new chat services, and more.
- Building open standards-based ecosystems is a talk about how XMPP as both a community and a protocol adapted to change, and the role that the XSF played in its continuity, but also a general discussion about sustainability of open ecosystems and open networks.
- No articles this month.
- Converse 10.1.6 has been published. It fixes two graphical bugs.
- Gajim 1.8.1 is available with many bugfixes. Note that Gajim’s OMEMO plugin was integrated into Gajim’s core with Gajim 1.8.0. You don’t need the plugin anymore.
- monocles chat 1.7.3 is available on f-droid with some fixes and many new features from Cheogram.
- Profanity 0.14.0 has been released.
- State of Snikket 2023: The Apps.
- Metronome IM 4.0.3 has been released.
- libstrophe 0.12.3 has been released.
- python-nbxmpp 4.3.2 and 4.3.3 have been released and come with bug fixes.
- XMPP Providers got a new web bot and an XMPP bot keeping several provider properties up-to-date.
Developers and other standards experts from around the world collaborate on these extensions, developing new specifications for emerging practices, and refining existing ways of doing things. Proposed by anybody, the particularly successful ones end up as Final or Active - depending on their type - while others are carefully archived as Deferred. This life cycle is described in XEP-0001, which contains the formal and canonical definitions for the types, states, and processes. Read more about the standards process. Communication around Standards and Extensions happens in the Standards Mailing List (online archive).
The XEP development process starts by writing up an idea and submitting it to the XMPP Editor. Within two weeks, the Council decides whether to accept this proposal as an Experimental XEP.
- MUC Token Invite
- This specification provides a way to generate tokens to invite users to a MUC room.
- No new XEPs this month.
If an experimental XEP is not updated for more than twelve months, it will be moved off Experimental to Deferred. If there is another update, it will put the XEP back onto Experimental.
- No XEPs deferred this month.
- Version 0.2.1 of XEP-0458 (Community Code of Conduct)
- Add anchors to every section, for easier linking. Also fix a typo. (egp)
- Version 0.4.1 of XEP-0333 (Chat Markers)
- Changed discovery example to use client JIDs. (gdk)
- Version 1.1.0 of XEP-0459 (XMPP Compliance Suites 2022)
- Replace deprecated XEP-0411 with XEP-0402 in Advanced Group Chat. (egp)
Last calls are issued once everyone seems satisfied with the current XEP status. After the Council decides whether the XEP seems ready, the XMPP Editor issues a Last Call for comments. The feedback gathered during the Last Call can help improve the XEP before returning it to the Council for advancement to Stable.
- No Last Call this month.
- No XEP moved to stable this month.
- No XEP deprecated this month.
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- General contributors: Adrien Bourmault (neox), Alexander “PapaTutuWawa”, Arne, cal0pteryx, emus, Jonas Stein, Licaon_Kter, Ludovic Bocquet, melvo, MSavoritias (fae,ve), nicola, XSF iTeam
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- Translators: Jeybe, wh0nix
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- Translators: nicola
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- Translators: daimonduff, TheCoffeMaker
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