This project by N-Wing is a Java applet that allows access to the chatterbox without having to constantly reload web pages.
This is currently under development, although there is an alpha version available for testing at Java chatterbox.
For those interested in making their own clients, chatterbox XML ticker contains the chatterbox messages. (warning - this is an XML file, so it will probably not look like much in your browser).
Note: the current version only shows text from the "main" room.
things to do/bugs at
You can also add bugs you've found and/or any suggestions you may have there.
source is at
News: I am a lazy bum, and haven't updated this writeup for a while. Anyway, the version on E2 is "0.1.9.3 beta", the week AMTFB release.
update, 2000.06.14.n3 - Yay! Version 0.1.7.2 is done and up at Java chatterbox, and it works for me in NS 4.08 and IE 5. A manual is at Java Chatterbox Manual.
Argh! It still doesn't work under NS, only now instead of not updating the messages, it won't get them at all. (actually, I fixed one problem, but that caused another problem due to a different reason) When I was tested it locally, NS popped up the security window, asking me if I wanted to allow network access. However, when loaded from E2, Java chatterbox, it just fails, without even asking. Anybody know why and/or how to get around that? I'm going nuts with it.
2000.05.16.n2 - version 0.1.6 is done, which should fix the problem with Netscape caching the chatterbox XML ticker page, which caused it not to updated. I solved this by writing a lower-level HTTP class, LowHTTP. It (the LowHTTP class) is ugly right now, but I think it works. As long as I don't have any more major bugs to fix, I'm going to start working on making a rich-text display, so links will work.
FYI - I'm working on some back end stuff on version 0.1.5, so it will be easier to convert it into an application. I'm also going to put the prefs in another window, b/c they are cluttering up the main window.
2000.04.11.n2 @ 5:43 UTC -
Version 0.1.4 is up at Java chatterbox, which should allow login on most browsers.
(note: "most" means "IE" and "NS" and maybe others)
Please report bugs/suggestions to the bug page of the "E2 Java Chatterbox Client" project on SourceForge at