Note: This specification has been deprecated in favor of Entity Time (XEP-0202) .
This document provides canonical documentation of the 'jabber:iq:time' namespace, which was long used by Jabber applications to discover the time at another entity's location. This document is of historical importance only, since it has been deprecated in favor of XEP-0202.
The 'jabber:iq:time' namespace provides a standard way for Jabber entities to exchange information about the local time (e.g., to "ping" another entity or check network latency). The information is communicated in a request/response pair using an <iq/> element that contains a <query/> scoped by the 'jabber:iq:time' namespace. The following children of the <query/> element are allowed in an IQ result:
The standard error conditions described in Error Condition Mappings (XEP-0086)  apply (e.g., service unavailable if the entity does not support the namespace).
XMPP Date and Time Profiles (XEP-0082)  defines the lexical representation of dates, times, and datetimes in Jabber protocols. Unfortunately, the 'jabber:iq:time' namespace predates that definition, and uses a datetime format ("CCYYMMDDThh:mm:ss") that is inconsistent with XEP-0082 and XML Schema Part 2 . Because a large base of deployed software uses the old format, this document specifies that applications using 'jabber:iq:time' SHOULD use the old format, not the format defined in XEP-0082. In addition, note well that the datetime provided in the <utc/> element is explicitly UTC and therefore SHOULD NOT include the ending 'Z' character required by ISO 8601 .
There are no security features or concerns related to this document.
This document requires no interaction with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) .
The 'jabber:iq:time' namespace is registered in the protocol namespaces registry maintained by the XMPP Registrar .
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