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NeoPlanet Promotes Mozilla Open Instant Messaging and Chat

May 07, 1999, 11:26 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dwight Johnson)

by Dwight Johnson, Linux Today

NeoPlanet has announced that they are eager to contribute to developing Open Instant Messaging and Chat (OIMC) in Mozilla. Speaking for NeoPlanet, Michael J. Noe wrote on the newsgroup netscape.public.mozilla.general: "we want to step in and lead this project."

Noe further stated,"the chat control should be able to operate as a stand alone component, like the Gecko Browsing engine. It should... use as many components from Mozilla as necessary, and be fully integrated into the Mozilla source."

In the NeoPlanet vision of the Mozilla Open Instant Messaging and Chat control interface, "Internally there should be support for multiple, simultaneous 'Chat & Instant Messaging Engines' or ChIMEs. Each ChIME would speak to a specific external system, such as IRC. The OIMC would aggregate the userlists, instant messages, and chat sessions from all it's active ChIMEs into one programmatic interface. Ideally the OIMC would be able to act as a server itself, so that chat's among users of divergent systems could be involved in a chat transparently."

NeoPlanet was one of the first integrators of Mozilla into a consumer product.

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