[Telepathy] ANNOUNCE: telepathy-spec 0.17.27

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Sun Aug 16 07:57:47 PDT 2009

Here's telepathy-spec 0.17.27, the "goths in hot weather" release.

The current development version of telepathy-spec is available as HTML:
or from the 'master' branch in the git repository:
  <git+ssh://git.collabora.co.uk/git/telepathy-spec.git> (for committers)
  <http://git.collabora.co.uk/?p=telepathy-spec.git> (gitweb)

For packagers (e.g. http://packages.debian.org/telepathy-spec):
tar: http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-spec/telepathy-spec-0.17.27.tar.gz
sig: http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-spec/telepathy-spec-0.17.27.tar.gz.asc

API changes:

* The D-Bus error equivalent of Name_In_Use is no longer considered to be
  NotYours; instead, we've split up the three cases, as new errors
  RegistrationExists, AlreadyConnected and ConnectionReplaced (smcv)

New stable API:

* The Location interface is now considered stable, with some changes to the
  set of known keys (smcv, pierlux, cassidy)
  - "language" has been added
  - "horizontal-error-m" is now called accuracy as per XEP-0080
  - "error" has been removed (it was in arc-minutes, which are a bizarre unit,
    and was deprecated in XEP-0080)
  - "climb", "vertical-error-m" and "accuracy-level" have been removed
  - "countrycode" is still there, despite its omission from XEP-0080; we've
    asked for its inclusion in the XEP

* The Debug interface is now considered stable, with no further changes

* New D-Bus errors: ResourceUnavailable, ServiceBusy, RegistrationExists,
  AlreadyConnected and ConnectionReplaced (smcv)

* New Media_Stream_Error codes: Codec_Negotiation_Failed, Connection_Failed,
  Network_Error, No_Codecs, Invalid_CM_Behavior, Media_Error (Tester)

* New well-known CM parameter: keepalive-interval (wjt)

* ConnectionManager explicitly allows byte ('y') parameters, serialized in
  .manager files as ASCII decimal numbers (smcv)

* ConnectionRefused etc. can be used as more specific versions of NetworkError
  when a Connection breaks (smcv)

* StreamedMedia channels have a new pseudo-capability Immutable_Streams,
  indicating that streams cannot be added or removed, for instance in calls
  using Google's Jingle variants (smcv)

* Each Handler has a new Capabilities property, listing "capability tokens"
  which will later be used by the ContactCapabilities interface; the
  MediaSignalling interface defines an initial set of capability tokens (smcv)


* Media_Stream_Error_EOS never really made sense and is now deprecated (Tester)

Changes to experimental API:

* ContactCapabilities.DRAFT2 replaces the previous draft (smcv)
  - Handlers now have a list of capability tokens indicating supported
    transports, codecs etc., which cannot be expressed easily in terms of
  - As a result, the NAT traversal flags in MediaSignalling.FUTURE no longer
    exist, and that pseudo-interface has been removed
  - SetSelfCapabilities is replaced by UpdateCapabilities, which gives the
    CM a set of structs representing clients, and requires the CM to remember
    which client has which capabilities

* ContactSearch.DRAFT2 replaces the previous draft (cassidy)
  - SearchResultReceived now contains multiple rows

New experimental API:

* StreamedMedia.FUTURE.ImmutableStreams is similar to the Immutable_Streams
  pseudo-capability (wjt)

Tools and formatting:

* There is now specific markup for contact attributes and for handler
  capability tokens, and the spec tools have been extended to turn it into
  nice HTML (smcv)

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