[Ftp-release] ANNOUNCE: telepathy-spec 0.17.10

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Tue Sep 9 08:50:31 PDT 2008

I've just uploaded telepathy-spec 0.17.10, the "brass plaque" 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-0.17.10.tar.gz
sig: http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-spec/telepathy-spec-0.17.10.tar.gz.asc

API changes:

* Text channels with any pending messages should "respawn" when closed (the
  channel is replaced by an incoming channel with the same incoming message
  queue). This avoids a race condition that could cause messages to be lost,
  by always behaving as though Close() had won the race.

* Connection bus names and object paths are now required to have exactly 7
  components, rather than at least 7, and Channel object paths are required
  to have their Connection's object path in the first 7 components.

* It is recommended that the account manager cannot be service-activated
  by using the Telepathy bus name. Clients can activate a particular
  implementation if they want to.

* Connection managers where the result of GetSelfHandle can change while
  in the CONNECTED state (Idle is the only known example) must emit the new
  SelfHandleChanged signal when this happens.


* Passing suppress_handler=FALSE to RequestChannel is discouraged.

New API:

* Connection has a new SelfHandle property, which matches the result of
  GetSelfHandle and has change notification via the new SelfHandleChanged

* DBus_Error_Name and DBus_Well_Known_Name string types have been added
  in preparation for use in the ChannelDispatcher API. A Unix_Timestamp64 type
  has been added so we won't have to change the spec as 2038 approaches :-)

Tools changes:

* doc-generator.xsl requires methods, signals and properties to have a
  tp:name-for-bindings attribute in Ugly_Case. This can be used by code
  generation tools to convert to languages' naming conventions (CamelCase,
  javaCamelCase, UPPER_CASE, lower_case) using tr(1) or XPath's translate().


* There is now a better README, loosely based on the one in telepathy-glib

* Some of the things we do and don't consider to be API guarantees
  are now documented in README

* telepathy-spec is now maintained in git. See README for details.

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