[AG-TECH] Idea for creating "observer only" venues

Frank Sweetser fs at WPI.EDU
Sun Oct 24 15:54:55 CDT 2004

On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 08:20:36PM -0500, Ivan R. Judson wrote:
> Seems like just using some authorization facility would be easier. Just
> don't allow those participants to "write" to the venue.
> The authorization stuff that's in 2.X is admittedly incomplete and the SOAP
> latency makes it hard to use, but it's proven itself when it comes to the
> design and structure. In 3.X we'll have to make sure it's fast enough to be
> usable because with it you could do what I'm describing, which is what you
> really want. you don't really want to bridge venues this way, it's plumbing
> at the wrong level of the system, IMHO.

In principle I agree with you.  However, the problem I see is handling the
media streams.  If a person is allowed into a given venue, there's currently no
way to forcibly make their rat (for example) recieve only, and completely
disable the talk option.  Since the actual media data doesn't go through the
venue server, there's really currently no way to enforce read only vs read
write with respect to video or audio.

Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu
WPI Network Engineer
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