[Telepathy] Requestotron use-cases, part 4 (dispatching, harder cases)

Simon McVittie simon.mcvittie at collabora.co.uk
Tue Apr 29 09:53:34 PDT 2008

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Here are some of the more complicated use-cases for dispatching incoming

HTML at <http://people.collabora.co.uk/~smcv/dispatch.html>, Darcs branch
at <http://monkey.collabora.co.uk/tp-spec-smcv-usecases> (it's written
in reStructuredText), current text later in this email for easy quoting.


_`dis14`: Forcibly joining a chatroom

Benvolio connects to an irssi-proxy or other IRC bouncer running on some colo
box somewhere. The proxy informs his client that he is already in #telepathy
and #farsight.

Current implementation: same as dis7_, but Benvolio is already in the members
set for those channels

Invitations to ad-hoc chatrooms
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_`dis15`: Invitation to an ad-hoc chatroom with one user

Juliet receives a message from Romeo using MSN,
in which "1-1" conversations are actually ad-hoc chatrooms with exactly
two members. She would like this to be indistinguishable from Romeo sending
her a message over XMPP, in which 1-1 conversations are really 1-1.

Current implementation::

    NewChannel (Text, NONE, 0, suppress_handler=FALSE)

    The channel is passed through filters, etc.


* Same as dis8_ and dis1_ combined

* It's unclear whether Juliet should be in member or local-pending state
  in the new channel

_`dis16`: Invitation to an ad-hoc chatroom with multiple users

Romeo receives an invitation to join an ad-hoc chatroom currently
containing Mercutio and Benvolio.

Current implementation::

    NewChannel (Text, NONE, 0, suppress_handler=FALSE)

    The channel is passed through filters, etc.


* Same as dis15_, but the desired state (member vs local pending) might be

_`dis17`: Upgrading a 1-1 chat to a named or ad-hoc chatroom

Mercutio is talking to Benvolio in a 1-1 chat. Benvolio upgrades the
chat to a chatroom in order to invite Romeo to join in.

Current implementation: none

File transfers
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_`dis18`: Receiving a file in the context of a conversation

Juliet is talking to Romeo using a text or VoIP UI when he sends her
a file in the context of that conversation. If it implements file transfer
functionality, the text or VoIP UI should handle the file transfer; otherwise,
the channel dispatcher should fall back to launching a standalone file
transfer handler.

_`dis19`: Receiving a file unexpectedly

Juliet is not interacting with Romeo when he sends her a file. Some
appropriate UI needs to be launched to indicate that the file has been

_`dis20`: Receiving a file in a collaborative application

File transfers might be a useful model for collaborative applications
to use to transfer snapshots of state, or to transfer related files
(e.g. in a word processor, you could receive an inline image that is
embedded in the document).

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_`dis21`: Invited to One Laptop per Child Activities, as of early 2008

An OLPC Activity instance encapsulates an instance of an application,
zero or more D-Bus tubes and zero or more stream tubes to transfer messages
or state between participants, and a text chatroom to discuss the activity.

In the "1.0" protocol used in early 2008, each Activity instance is backed
by an XMPP or Clique_ MUC (chatroom).

Current implementation: we assume that the channels (Tubes, ROOM, foo)
and (Text, ROOM, foo) correspond 1:1. Activity discovery is done out-of-band
using OLPC-specific extensions, although we'd like to make some of it
more standard (mainly invitations).


* we don't want Tubes channels in their current form, since dispatching them
  is likely to be a bit of a nightmare if we can't rely on OLPC assumptions;
  we want one channel per Tube instead

* in a less constrained environment, two different collaborative applications
  could conceivably share a MUC (the OLPC UI can't cause this to happen, but
  would likely get incredibly confused if it did)

.. _Clique: http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/xmpp/clique.html

_`dis`: Invited to be a client in an existing UDP/TCP client/server protocol

(Use-cases req24, req25)

Tybalt asks Juliet to help him fix a problem with his computer, and offers
her a VNC connection to his computer so she can interact with his desktop.

- - or -

Romeo offers Mercutio and Benvolio access to an OpenArena server running
on his local computer.

  vim:set sw=4 sts=4 et:


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