Chats

A chat is a special kind of forum suited for same-time communication. In a chat, the window is split into two frames, an output area above, and an input area below:




  The top frame shows the ongoing discussion and when people join and leave the chat. With Netscape, the discussion is shown with the latest at the bottom. With Explorer, for technical reasons, the discussion is shown with the latest at the top.
Everything is saved... Everything written in a chat is saved and can be read later.
...but only the last lines are shown The top frame only shows the last 50 lines of what was written. To see everything written, use the command Full output . , but then the top frame will stop refreshing itself.
Start with an empty chat area
If you want to start with an empty chat area, create a new chat. But if a chat is inactive for more than 24 hours, it will get a new subarea when it starts again.
The bottom frame contains a field where you can type your own messages.
This field has four commands:

Set user name

This command lets you choose a pseudonym. The computer will however know who you are, even if this is not shown. A pseudonym which you set in a chat, will also be valid when you leave the chat, unless you switch back to your own name. Possibly pseudonymous contributions have the text (Guest) in front of the user name.

List present

Lists those who are at this moment of time in the chat.

Multi-line input

Allows you to write longer, multi-line messages. If you choose this option, you get a button to send your message.

Full output

The top frame only shows the last 50 lines of the chat. If you wan to see everything which has been written in the chat, push Full output . To get back to normal chat interaction push  Return to chat .

Leave chat

Tells the server and other users that you are not any longer present in the chat.

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