New IRC Client
Tuesday September 7th, 1999
Robert Ginda has checked in his IRC client into the tree. Like the XSLT engine, it's not built by default yet, and according to Rob "I'm working on gettting --enable-extension=irc to work, until then making it is too much of a kludge to publish :)".
#17 What's so bad about chat
Thursday September 9th, 1999 4:22 PM
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I like the idea of Chat.
I agree, It should be an optional component, just like I think mail and composer should all be optional components. Peferably I can just go somewhere and check or un-check "Chat" in a list of options.
But when I'm surfing around, I like the idea that I can click on a link, and it says "You don't have the WidgyGidget installed, Install?" If I click on a link to a chat room, why shouldn't it ask me the same question?
And if the plug-in is no good, or underfeatured, Users can download an alternate client. And I'm sure the smarter vendors will write optional hooks that will cause their own application to open when a link is clicked on in Mozilla. Kinda like FTP. Sure my browser handles FTP, but I still have a different FTP program for when I want those little extras.
Actually, there's an unrelated idea. Why can't I right click on an FTP link and say "Open with <FTP client X>" Just like I should be able to right click on a chat link and say "Open with <IRC client X>" Hmm.. well, there's my $.02