XEP-0061: Shared Notes

A simplistic mechanism for shared notes, modeled after common stickie note applications.
Jeremie Miller
© 2002 – 2003 XMPP Standards Foundation. SEE LEGAL NOTICES.


WARNING: This document has been automatically Deferred after 12 months of inactivity in its previous Experimental state. Implementation of the protocol described herein is not recommended for production systems. However, exploratory implementations are encouraged to resume the standards process.
0.2 (2003-09-30)
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  1. Experimental
  2. Deferred
  3. Proposed
  4. Active

1. Introduction

A very simple namespace contaning display hints for the content in a message. Can be used for person-person collaboration, or by a service managing notes.

2. Message Extension

Normal messages are sent, with a sharednote namespace extending them hinting to any supporting client on how to display the message as a note instead. Any changes to the note within that client should then be sent back to the sender, either automatically or when the user saves the note (depending on the update element, by default on a save action by the user).

Example 1. An Example Shared Note Message
<message from="jer@jabber.org/foo" to="stpeter@jabber.org/bar">
  <subject>Council Votes</subject>
  <body>Need votes from bob, tom, and jane yet for XEP-0000</body>
  <note xmlns="http://www.jabber.org/protocol/sharednote">

Any element not specified in the note should use the last known setting or client defaults, so that when a change is sent, only the changed elements are returned.

3. Implementation Notes

Each thread is a different shared note. Auto updates should use an internal client timer and batch large changes into chunks, when the user is typing every 5-10 seconds or so. When the user has made changes that haven't been sent and an update comes in on the same thread the client should prompt the user with the changes offering to replace or save their changes.


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Appendix B: Author Information

Jeremie Miller


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Appendix D: Relation to XMPP

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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 <https://xmpp.org/community/> 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

Appendix H: Revision History

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

  1. Version 0.2 (2003-09-30)
    At the request of the author, changed the status of this document to Deferred pending development of an implementation; also changed the type to Informational.
  2. Version 0.1 (2002-12-06)
    Initial version.

Appendix I: Bib(La)TeX Entry

@report{miller2002not yet assigned,
  title = {Shared Notes},
  author = {Miller, Jeremie},
  type = {XEP},
  number = {0061},
  version = {0.2},
  institution = {XMPP Standards Foundation},
  url = {https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0061.html},
  date = {2002-12-06/2003-09-30},