Difference between revisions of "XMPP IM Client Design Guidelines"
Revision as of 09:45, 13 May 2015
Advices And Recommendations
Do not to split up JIDs into multiple input fields, require only the user's JID and password
XMPP Clients should only ask the user for his JID and password. A proper XMPP setup does not require more information in order for the client to establish a successful connection to the server. There should be a single JID text field in which the user is expected to enter his bare JID. Visual feedback once it was detected that a valid bare JID was entered, e.g. a green check mark or changing the field's background color (from red) to green, is also a good idea.
Splitting the JID into multiple input fields makes it impossible for the user to simply copy&paste his JID into the field. Asking the user for more then his bare JID and password increases the UI elements and reduces the usability.
Show user's room nickname and allow to change it
Use only TLS secured XMPP c2s connections
Do not to encode any semantics into the resource, let the server generate a resource for you
Instead of letting the user specify a resource or providing a pre-configured list of possible resource names (e.g. '/home', '/work', '/notebook') let the server generate a resource for your client (RFC 6120 7.6). You may optionally provide a possibility to configure the resource to the user under a "advanced settings" menu (or similar). But a XMPP user should not need to configure or specify a resource.
Resource names should not be guessable to prevent presence leaks (RFC 6120 13.10.2).
Show the type of a remote resource (mobile, pc, home, work, etc.) by means of Service Discovery and not the resource
Users want to know the type of a remote resource, e.g. "Is this the resource of my friends mobile device or of his desktop?". Clients should display the type using the 'identity' information provided by XEP-30 disco#info query results. So instead of having a resource like '/work-pc', the client should return
<iq type='result' email@example.com/orchard' firstname.lastname@example.org/balcony' id='info4'> <query xmlns='http://jabber.org/protocol/disco#info'> <identity category='client' type='pc' name='Work PC'/> <feature var='jabber:iq:time'/> <feature var='jabber:iq:version'/> </query> </iq>
within the 'disco#info' results.
Encoding semantics in the value of the resource is not recommend (see previous item).