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.

#15 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Started

by Ben G.

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 12:34 AM

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I agree with this sort of functionality being optional. There are all sorts of suggestions of integrating x, y and z into Mozilla, but the programs that do these functions are already quite capable (e.g. ICQ, CuteFTP etc). Yes Moz' needs to add some eye candy to compete with IE in the Clueless User stakes, but it should avoid the mistakes that IE4 made by forcing people to install certain things (I'll admit IE5 is better at this).

Can someone explain how this functionality will affect instant messeger clients like ICQ? Will a Mozilla compliant ICQ crashing crash Mozilla itself?

Integration is fine up to a point..