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.

#18 What's the fuss?

by -=Yusuf=- <>

Wednesday April 21st, 1999 12:27 PM

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Referring to some previous things said about competing with IM and/or ICQ:

I really don't see this argument as going anywhere. So far as _I_ understand it, they're merely building in SUPPORT for these protocols - they're not starting a new protocol or standard or something. And that would mean a hell of a lot less hassle for lots of people -- me included.

Imagine the benefits of being able to communicate via ICQ, IM, IRC, and any other chat protocol using the same interface, the same program! This sounds like it will be the next "coolest thing" after the chrome =)

Nobody's competing; with support for all protocols, everyone wins.