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This document is designed to guide a user through the functionalities of our new chat room.

 


Topic Index

Login Screen
The login screen is the first screen displayed when the Chat loads completely. It presents the form for the user to log into the server.
Login Screen
Component Description
Display Name Your desired display name that others will see when you are chatting. This will be the username if you are logging in as a member.
Password Password for your username. Applicable only for logging in as a member, activated by the "Login as Member" checkbox. To be a member you must register first.
Login as Member Check this to login as member and activate the password input.
Remember login details Check this to remember your username and password on this machine.
Use this only for personal machines, and never at public terminals such as internet cafes.
Login Button Click on this button to login to Chat room.
Status Message Located below the form fields, any system status or error messages will be displayed here.

Interface Layout
This is the general interface layout for Chat Room.
 
Component Description
Header Panel Quick access buttons panel to perform actions at application level, such as connect, logout, etc.
Banner Slideshow Banner slideshow as configured by the administrator.
Main Panel Tabbed interface, usually containing the chat area which contains the conversation transcript. The welcome page and user profile pages are also displayed in this panel.
User Input Panel Main text box for user input, including formatting options, picshare, etc. The webcam/microphone input appears here when applicable.
Side Panel An accordian-tabbed interface, also known as the properties panel.

Main Panel
Tabbed interface, usually containing the chat area which contains the conversation transcript. The welcome page and user profile pages are also displayed in this panel.
Component Description
Custom/Welcome Page Welcome page that is customized by the administrator. This tab is usually not closeable.
Chat Area This is the chat area which contains the conversation history. It may also contain the AV clips of other users in the room or private chat.
User Profile The user profile is valid only for members. This tab displays a set of fields defined by the administrator, and is editable if the profile belongs to you.

Chat Area
This is the chat area which contains the conversation history. It may also contain the AV clips of other users in the room or private chat.
Chat Area

User Profile
The user profile is valid only for members. This tab displays a set of fields defined by the administrator, and is editable if the profile belongs to you. If you are logging in as a guest, your profile will be empty as below.
User Profile

Side Panel
An accordian-tabbed interface, also known as the properties panel.
Component Description
Rooms List Displays the list of rooms available on the server, structured in a tree format.
To enter, simply double-click on the room of choice.
Users in Chat Displays the list of users present in the selected room.
Available only when a chat area is selected in the main panel.
Contacts List Panel to manage your Chat contacts list, as well as your public instant messenger accounts (MSN/ICQ/YIM/AIM) as configured by your administrator.
Available to Chat Admin members only.
User Options Panel to set user options/preferences.
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Rooms List
Rooms List

To enter a room, double click on its name. The number in brackets beside the room name reflects the number of users in the room. Each room may have different properties as listed.

  • Open Open
    Normal open room.
  • Closed Closed
    Normal users are unable to enter closed rooms.
  • Private Private
    Hidden from rooms list, accessible only by entering room name.
  • AV AV
    Room allows Audio/Video communication
  • Moderated Moderated
    Messages sent in this room will need to be passed by moderators (if any)
  • Password Required Password Required
    Password is required to enter this room, which is prompted by a popup.
    Password required
Room Context Menu (right-click)

Room Context Menu
  • Enter Room
    Attempt to enter room.
  • Leave Room
    Leave room. (only if in room)
  • View Users in Room
    View room's users in a popup list. (only if not in room)
  • Open Room
    Open room. (for monitors only, only if in room)
  • Close Room
    Close room (for monitors only, only if in room)
  • Close Room and Purge Users
    Close and force all users to leave room. (for monitors only, only if in room)
  • Create New Room
    Create new room.
  • Delete This Room
    Delete room. (for creators of room or admin only)
Room Group Context Menu (right-click)

Room Group Context Menu
  • Create New Room
    Create new room under this group. Refer to Create New Room for details.
  • Enter Room
    Enter a room under this group via the following popup.
    Enter Room in Group
Background Context Menu (right-click)

Rooms List Background Context Menu
  • Create New Room
    Create new room. Refer to Create New Room for details.
  • Enter a Room
    Enter a room using full path via the following popup.
    Enter a Room
Create Room This is a modal popup window where the user may create temporary rooms which will exist until the creator logs out or when the room is empty.
  • Parent Group
    Indicates the group that the new room will be created under.
  • Room Name
    Name of the new room.
  • Password
    Password required to enter room. (required for AV)
  • Private Room
    Hides the room from rooms list.
  • AV Room
    Enable AV in the room.
  • Max Users
    Limit the maximum number of users in the room.

Users in Chat/Room
Users in Chat/Room All users in the room are listed in this tab. Each user's avatar is shown on the left of the name. Double-clicking on a user loads the user's profile. Each user may possess certain attributes, illustrated by icons on the right.
  • AV AV
    AV available
  • Gagged Gagged
    Unable to talk in the room
  • Moderator Moderator
    Moderator for the room.
  • Speaker Speaker
    Speaker for the room.
  • Monitor Monitor
    Monitor with priviledges such as gag/ungag, kick, open/close room, etc.
User Context Menu (right-click)

User Context Menu
  • Add to Contacts
    Add user to contacts list as a Chat Buddy.
  • Request Private Chat
    Request private chat.
  • Request AV Private Chat
    Request private AV chat. (for users with AV only)
  • View Profile
    View profile of user.
  • Gag/Ungag User
    Gag or ungag user. (for monitors only, not applicable to monitors/speakers/moderators)
  • Kick User
    Kick user out of the room. (for monitors only, not applicable to monitors/speakers/moderators)
Background Context Menu (right-click)

User List Background Context Menu

  • Gag all users
    Gag all users in room except monitors/moderators/speakers (for monitors only)
  • Ungag all users
    Ungag all users in room except monitors/moderators/speakers (for monitors only)

User Options
User Options This panel is accessible to all chatters members. It allows the user to set personal preferences which will be saved and remembered on the next login.
  • User Text Color
    Sets the text color of the user's own messages. It can be selected from a dropdown color palette.
  • Reject all private chat requests
    Automatically reject incoming requests for private chat, except for requests from buddies.
  • Ignore other users' text colors
    Ignore the user's text color settings and default the text color to black.
  • And many more


User Input Panel
Main text box for user input, including formatting options, picshare, etc. The webcam/microphone input appears here when applicable.
User Input Panel
Component Description
User Online Status User Online Status
Displays current username, avatar and online status. The dropdown allows you to change your online status.
AV (On) AV (Off) AV (Audio/Video)
Enable/disable AV with this button in an AV room or AV private chat.
When disabling AV, any AV streams in the room/chat will be stopped.
For AV details, refer to the AV Guide.
Bold (On) Bold (Off) Bold
Toggles the bold status of selected text in the text input area.
Italic (On) Italic (Off) Italic
Toggles the italic status of selected text in the text input area.
   
Emoticon Emoticon
Selects an emoticon/smiley to insert into the text input. The emoticon's code will be shown in the text input, but the actual image/clip will be displayed on the chat area.
Audio Emoticon Audio Emoticon
Selects an audio clip to send to the chat room.
PicShare PicShare ( in private chat )
Pops up a small browser window, allowing you to select a picture to upload to the chat room.
- Only non-progressive JPG/JPEG files are accepted.
- File size is usually restricted to a default of 2MB, or as defined by administrator
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Clear Clear Chat Area
Clears the chat area.
Send Send
Sends the message to the chat.
Whisper Whisper
Sends the message to a selected user from the "Users in Room" panel.


Notification Popups
Notification popups report on the status of the application, as well as incoming requests.

A normal popup will fade off in a 2 seconds if ignored. Any error popup or request will require the user to explicitly close or respond to it.