Messaging/Chat Project Started

Monday April 19th, 1999

Asa Dotzler and Andrew Wooldridge have for us news of a new project that has gotten underway at It's called the Instant Messaging project, but it's not confined to work on AOL's messaging tool. In fact, the project plans to develop an open API that allows people to install support for various chat and messaging protocols. These protocols would be installed as necessary, thus wouldn't bloat the initial install. In addition, Mozilla will be able to be built without the core chat functionality if you so desire.

I think it's important to note that Tim Berners-Lee envisioned the browser to be a front end to many different protocols (not just HTTP). I say more power to 'em. They're going about it in the right way (making it optional), and it could end up being a very useful addition to the browser.

#1 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Started

by jmissig <>

Tuesday April 20th, 1999 2:13 PM

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Sounds great! Just hurry along and look at AIM and ICQ as examples. ICQ's features plus AIM's speed and reliability would make a good combination.

And please write it in something that it actually works mostly the same in all platforms. ICQ is shit in Java, and most of the linux ports that I've tried just suck.

AIM doesn't have many features, and you can't send someone a message when they aren't there. I personally like the Unix/Linux version better than the windows version.