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.
#2 Critical path?
by Jim Kingdon
Tuesday April 20th, 1999 3:13 PM
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If this is off the critical path for a release of a web browser (a la Grendel, or what NGLayout was going to be before the standards issue came up), then it is a Good Thing. If it will delay a release, then I'm afraid I'm less enthusiastic (see comments on slashdot for more sentiments like this).