Re: [Further-devel] gaim plugin?

From: Chris Ball (
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 14:14:58 PDT

On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 12:04:43PM -0700, Evan Martin wrote:
> My idea was that you could just interface further to an existing IM
> client. (My message was inspired by seen a windowmaker plugin for GAIM;
> apparently, it would blink when you had new AIM messages, and clicking
> on it would pop up the IM window.)

It's a good idea. You could write an IM client (which would be foolish,
IMO - you'd be writing something adhering to a huge protocol specific to
a desktop environment with (at the moment) a handful of users) or take
advantage of some the features of some existing clients that lets
external applications get status from them and write a wrapper. It's
much like the xmmsctrl situation, I guess.

Either way. Um. Evan, as an idea perhaps you could work on a generalised
interface to handling IM information like the time of last page, number
of users on-line, and a way of alerting of new messages. I'd be happy to
take on writing an ICQ agent for the new interface (perhaps with Ed?), if
you wanted to play with an AIM one. Or something. Anyway. Just an idea. :)

Any ideas?


Chris Ball. ||
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