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.

#3 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Started

by Dan! <>

Tuesday April 20th, 1999 3:37 PM

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In response to AIM vs. ICQ, AIM offers many security enhancements. If this is going to be server based, which it most likely is, then there would be no need to know other users' IP addresses. However, this is not the case with ICQ, as when you go into a chat, you connect to everyone else (or to the best of my knowledge). Of course this is better for the server, but there arises many more problems such as some users which do not see other users, and Mac users which are nearly left out altogether in ICQ98...99 does add minor improvements, however. Whoops, I guess I vented my anger of ICQ too much through this MOZILLA thread...oh well :) Couldn't come soon enough, I was starting to hallucinate about what that 'chat' button in Apprunner was...(well, not really)