Requirements for Presence and Instant Messaging

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Author Mark Day 
Last updated 1998-03-16
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This document is an alternative approach to defining the requirements for a presence information protocol. It may be usefully compared and contrasted with ''Presence Information Protocol Requirements'' by Lisa Dusseault, draft-dusseault-pipr-00.txt. Although worthy in many respects, that document includes numerous desiderata, design considerations, and implementation concerns. This document attempts to define only requirements, and a minimal set of requirements at that. In addition, this document treats ''presence'' and ''instant messaging'' as distinct entities for the purpose of defining requirements. We leave open the possibility of a single protocol fulfilling both sets of requirements, without requiring it.


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