Member Rara Avis
Poeminister, any method of Instant Messaging requires software to be downloaded and run on the client machine. The best anyone could do with HTML and standard browser software would be "Almost Instant" messaging, forcing a page refresh every few seconds. That would drive ya nuts.
My teenage nephew, btw, has just about every IM out there. He tells me AOL IM sucks (his words, not mine), and MSN's version is far superior to ICQ. I think there was a fourth one (Yahoo?), but don't know where it stood in his rating system. Our software, obviously, encourages ICQ over the others, with the little flower available to tell you if someone is currently on-line. AND you can use the flower to send someone an ICQ message (albeit a darn short one), even if you don't have ICQ installed. But, frankly, I don't think many people here are using it. Instead, they just use the full ICQ program.