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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 Mozilla.org. 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.



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by mattyT

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 4:50 AM

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This raises a question about the web pages - are they open? If not, anyone would have the right to pull from them Mozilla, whether they were Netscape or an independent developer.

Even if they were Netscape could still ask Mozilla to remove them. This is a bit fishy, but I wouldn't say it's a serious problem. If Mozilla pulled a page on chat/messaging that was written by an independent developer then it would be serious.

A fork in the source tree would likely kill mozilla now, but once the first release occurs, the developers of the world are free to rip development away from mozilla.org if they are perceived to be catering to AOL's whims.