Chat Applet Help

Getting Started

Choose a Name

On the Main Chat Window there are two boxes labeled Your Name and Your Profile. Enter your name or a nickname in the first box and an optional profile in the second box. Your profile can include links to Web pages in the form http://www.yourdomain.com/ and links to e-mail addresses in the form mailto:name@yourdomain.com.

Enter a Chat Room

Click a room name to see the list of people in the room. Click the Enter Room button to enter a room.

Start Chatting

Type your chat messages in the space at the bottom of the chat room window and press the Enter key to send your message.

Launch a Private Chat

Once you're in a chat room, double click a name to launch a private chat session with another person in the room.

Menu items

Places (Main Chat Window)

Get Rooms

Select this menu item to get the list of rooms matching the text in the Room filter field. For example, if the room filter text is San Francisco, the Get Rooms menu item and button will return a list of all rooms whose names contain the text San Francisco. The Get Rooms button performs the same function.

Enter Room

Select this menu item to enter a chat room. The Enter Room button performs the same function.

Exit

Select this menu item to disconnect from the server and close all applet windows.

Room (Chat Room Window)

Close

Select this menu item to close the chat room window.

Options

Options modified in the main chat window affect all the chat room windows.

Font Name

Select this menu item to choose a font for the chat room window.

Font Style

Select this menu item to choose Regular, Italic, Bold or Bold Italic font styles for the chat room window.

Increase Font

Select this menu item to increase the size of the font for the chat room window.

Decrease Font

Select this menu item to decrease the size of the font for the chat room window.

Accept Private Chats

Select this menu item to accept private chat requests from other people in the chat room. Deselect it to have the applet ignore any private chat requests.

Entrance Alerts

Select this menu item to display the name and profile of every person who enters the chat room. Deselect it to turn off the entrance alerts.

Audio Alerts

Select this menu item to allow other people in the chat room to buzz you with an audio alert. Deselect it to turn off the audio alerts. Enable both audio and entrance alerts to hear a sound each time a new person enters the chat room.

Show Count Changes

Select this menu item to have the room count displayed whenever someone enters or leaves the chat room. Deselect it to turn off the display of the room count.

Web Touring

Select this menu item to have Web addresses which appears in chat messages opened automatically in a Web browser window. Deselect it to turn off the Web touring.

People (Chat Room Window)

Ring

To buzz someone with a sound, click once on the name of the person you want to buzz and then select this menu item. The sound will be played if the person you selected has audio alerts enabled.

Ignore

To ignore someone, click once on the name of the person you want to ignore and then select this menu item. All chat messages and private chat requests from that person will be discarded.

Unignore

To stop ignoring someone, click once on the name of the person you want to stop ignoring and then select this menu item.

Count

Select this menu item to display the count of people in the room.

Themes

Select a theme to change the applet's color and font settings.

Links

Select a link to display its corresponding Web page.

Help

Help Contents

Select this menu item to display the Web page you're reading now.

About VolanoChat

Select this menu item to display version information about your Web browser, Java Plug-in, and the VOLANO Chat Server.