Chat Road Map

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I have turned Chat Room over to the original developer. I have created a Drupal 7 Chat module, but have not had time to work on it for a while. Specifically, user status tracking is incomplete. Here are the plans for the currently dormant Chat project:


  • Follow Drupal best practice, including that all pages be fully functional without JavaScript. This was the biggest challenge. While JavaScript is used to automatically update the chat interface, those who do not have JavaScript enabled can participate by manually updating the chat.
  • Have no default dependencies beyond Drupal itself.
  • Offer a BOSH override for Drupal’s built-in AJAX. AJAX requires repeatedly polling the site for updates, and does not allow connections to be shared. BOSH delays the server response until data is available.
  • Provide a default backend for message exchange, but allow users to replace it with others.


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