When you open the chat room link in your chosen web browser, the first thing you will see is the log-in box shown below.
The main chat window looks like the image below. Click on it for a larger view.
On the right is the Online Users Box where all logged-in users appear.
The next image below identifies the details of the tool bar that is below the Text Entry Box. Click on the image for a larger view.
The sound notification (beep) is intended to let you know when anyone posts new text while your attention is elsewhere. You can silence it using the button show. Otherwise, you should hear a beep if ALL of the following conditions are satisfied:
- Your computer is able to make sounds from other programs (e.g. speakers are on)
- Adobe Flash is not blocked for this chat app (this may depend on your browser settings)
- Your mouse pointer is somewhere other than the text entry box of the chat room. If you are actively using the chat room you can seen new posts as they appear.)
Since this chat app does not use Java, it can be used on mobile devices, too. In my experience, the chat session timed out after a short period of inactivity on one Android and one iOS device, but resuming the chat session was quick.
There are many features that we can customize in this chat app. We invite your comments as we continue to evaluate this chat solution.