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.

#13 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Started

by Quelish

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 12:04 AM

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I've always wondered why AOL hasn't shown any initiative to make their 2 chat/messaging systems (ie IM and ICQ) compatible after they bought up Mirabilis. Could this be the first sign that they're working towards it? What we really need to see is some kind of messaging standard in order for it to happen. Then users of ALL chat systems could talk with each other...perhaps Mozilla is leading the charge in that direction with this new projct.