XEP-0308: Last Message Correction

Abstract:This specification defines a method for marking a message as a correction of the last sent message.
Author:Kevin Smith
Copyright:© 1999 - 2013 XMPP Standards Foundation. SEE LEGAL NOTICES.
Type:Standards Track
Last Updated:2011-11-10

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. Discovering support
3. Use Case
4. Business Rules
5. Security Considerations
6. IANA Considerations
7. XMPP Registrar Considerations
    7.1. Protocol Namespaces
    7.2. Service Discovery Identities
8. XML Schema

    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

When sending a message, people often introduce typing errors and send a follow-up message to correct them. This specification allows the sending client to flag the second message as correcting the first.

2. Discovering support

If a server implements message correction, it MUST specify the 'urn:xmpp:message-correct:0' feature in its service discovery information features as specified in Service Discovery [1] and the Entity Capabilities profile specified in Entity Capabilities [2].

Example 1. Client requests information about a chat partner's client

<iq type='get'
  <query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#info'/>

Example 2. Partner's client advertises support for correction

<iq type='get'
  <query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#info'>
    <feature var='urn:xmpp:message-correct:0'/>

3. Use Case

When a user indicates to the client that he wants to correct the most recently sent message to a contact, the client will resend the corrected message with a new id, and with the replace payload refering to the previous message by id.

Example 3. User sends a message with a mistake in

<message to='juliet@capulet.net/balcony' id='bad1'>
  <body>But soft, what light through yonder airlock breaks?</body>

Example 4. User corrects the message and sends

<message to='juliet@capulet.net/balcony' id='good1'>
  <body>But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?</body>
  <replace id='bad1' xmlns='urn:xmpp:message-correct:0'/>

4. Business Rules

The 'id' attribute is included on the replace to prevent situations where messages being routed to a different resource than the intended cause incorrect replacements.

A receiving client can choose to replace the previous message in whatever display is used for messages, or in any stored history, or can choose to display the correction in another way.

A client SHOULD alert the user that the displayed message has been edited since it was originally sent.

Clients MUST send ids on messages if they allow the user to correct messages.

To deal with multiple payloads, the sender MUST re-send the entire stanza with only the id and the corrections changed. It is expected that the receiver will then treat the new stanza as complete replacement, but such logic is ultimately the resposibility of the client.

The Sender MUST NOT include a correction for a message with non-messaging payloads. For example, a sender MUST NOT include a correction for a roster item exchange request.

5. Security Considerations

The replacement message could have an entirely different meaning from the original message, so clients will need to warn users that the displayed message has been edited.

6. IANA Considerations


7. XMPP Registrar Considerations

7.1 Protocol Namespaces

Upon advancement of this specification, the XMPP Registrar [3] shall issue permanent namespaces in accordance with the process defined in Section 4 of XMPP Registrar Function [4].

The following namespaces are requested, and are thought to be unique per the XMPP Registrar's requirements:

7.2 Service Discovery Identities

Registry Submission

  <desc>Support for message correction</desc>
  <doc>THIS PROTOXEP</doc>

8. XML Schema

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


  <xs:element name='replace'>
        <xs:extension base='xs:string'>
          <xs:attribute name='id' type='xs:string' use='required'/>



Appendix A: Document Information

Series: XEP
Number: 0308
Publisher: XMPP Standards Foundation
Status: Deferred
Type: Standards Track
Version: 0.1
Last Updated: 2011-11-10
Approving Body: XMPP Council
Dependencies: XMPP Core
Supersedes: None
Superseded By: None
Source Control: HTML
This document in other formats: XML  PDF

Appendix B: Author Information

Kevin Smith

Email: kevin@kismith.co.uk
JabberID: kevin@doomsong.co.uk

Appendix C: Legal Notices


This XMPP Extension Protocol is copyright © 1999 - 2013 by the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF).


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.

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Limitation of Liability

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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-0030: Service Discovery <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0030.html>.

2. XEP-0115: Entity Capabilities <http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0115.html>.

3. 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/>.

4. 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 0.1 (2011-11-10)

Initial published version.


Version 0.0.2 (2011-10-30)

Adding discovery, as discussed as a prerequisite to acceptance with Council.


Version 0.0.1 (2010-07-20)

First draft.