One-on-One Chats

Another popular format for sending and receiving messages is styled after America Online's Instant Messenger. One window is loaded with the entire conversation contained in the window. The window contains one main area for the conversation, different options for sending a message may be shown and a small input line for entering the messages is at the bottom of the window. Each message is prepended with the author's user name in brackets (<>).

The user's current status is displayed below the toolbar for reference, as well as an icon indicating as to the status of encryption. If the lock is unlocked, the messages are not being encrypted. To see specific information about the user's status or encryption, hover the mouse over the icons for a few seconds.

To start a one-one-one chat with a user in the roster, right click on their name and select One-on-One Chat. Once the One-on-One window is loaded, simply type a message in the lower entry box and press Enter. Messages that the user sends will be prepended with the user name and messages from the other user will be prepended with their nickname.

Figure 2. One-on-One Chat


Like normal messages, one-on-one chats have several options available from a toolbar along the top of the chat window. The following options are available: