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.

#14 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Stopped

by CPT

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 12:20 AM

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I just saw this: "Netscape, the contributor of the Instant Messaging API document, has requested that remove this page pending further review by Netscape."

Makes you wonder how separate Mozilla is from AOL. So much for those Mozilla != Netscape speeches :(