Note: This specification has been deprecated in favor of Delayed Delivery (XEP-0203) .
This document provides canonical documentation of the 'jabber:x:delay' namespace, which was long used by Jabber applications to mark message or presence stanzas as delivered with a delay. This document is of historical importance only, since it has been deprecated in favor of XEP-0203.
The 'jabber:x:delay' namespace is used to provide timestamp information about data stored for later delivery. The most common uses of this namespace are to stamp:
Information about the delivery delay is communicated by adding to the <message/> or <presence/> stanza one and only one <x/> child qualified by the 'jabber:x:delay' namespace. This information is added by the server or component that delivers the information. The following attributes are allowed on the <x/> element:
In addition, the <x/> element MAY contain XML character data that provides a natural-language description of the reason for the delay.
XMPP Date and Time Profiles (XEP-0082)  defines the lexical representation of dates, times, and datetimes in Jabber protocols. Unfortunately, the 'jabber:x:delay' 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:x:delay' SHOULD use the old format, not the format defined in XEP-0082. The timezone is be understood as UTC.
Data qualified by the 'jabber:x:delay' can expose information about the sender's presence on the network at some time in the past. However, this introduces no new vulnerabilities, since the same information would have been available in real time.
This document requires no interaction with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) .
The 'jabber:x:delay' namespace is included in the protocol namespaces registry maintained by the XMPP Registrar .
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Per a vote of the XMPP Council, deprecated in favor of XEP-0203.
Specified that the timezone is to be understood as UTC; specified security considerations; corrected several small textual errors.
Corrected several small textual errors.
Per a vote of the Jabber Council, changed status to Active.