Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
IM Protocols vs. IM Applications
Author: Daniel G. Budiac Posted: 8/1/1999; 9:15:18 AM Topic: IM Protocols vs. IM Applications Msg #: 8968 Prev/Next: 8967 / 8969
Seems to me that what's needed is a standardization of Instant Messaging protocols. And a standardization of simple applications like basic messaging as well, but room for innovation in other areas like collaborative outlining and such.
Much like HTTP is to the Web. All browsers speak HTTP, but each is free to innovate with their own features if they so choose. Eventually the smart developers will involve a standards body like the W3C. Strong applications will thrive. Weak applications, much like the