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.
#4 Re:Messaging/Chat Project Started
by jeremie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday April 20th, 1999 3:46 PM
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What they are doing in this project is *not* creating another instant messaging clone, they are simply creating a pluggable API so that other protocols can be supported via modules easily.
I don't believe that this is one of the critical features for release, but more of a side project.