[Standards] Proposed extension: seeing the exact text the other user is typing

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Thu Nov 15 12:35:55 UTC 2007


On Wed Nov 14 15:20:30 2007, Olivier Goffart wrote:
> Le mardi 13 novembre 2007, Kevin Smith a écrit :
> > On 13 Nov 2007, at 14:37, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> > > Cezary Kaliszyk wrote:
> > >> I would like to inquire about an extension that would allow  
> the other
> > >> users to see the real text that the other user is typing.
> > >> ...
> > >> Does any of the extensions do this or is anyone working on this
> > >> thing?
> > >
> > > We've had discussions about this before, and more recently I  
> know of
> > > one
> > > client author who has worked on such an extension as a special
> > > project.
> >
> > That would be me, wouldn't it? :)
> >
> > I did this recently for someone to use in a lab context to study  
> how
> > people type, and just did the really stupid thing of transmitting  
> the
> > full contents of the input buffer every X milliseconds (as long as
> > they'd changed). It does the job though.
> 
> I think this is a good approach. I think we send the text every few  
> seconds.  That would probably not be sufficient to study how people  
> talk, but sufficient for fun user experience. (and the receiving  
> client could make appears new chars one by one, slowly)
> This would work fine with normal instant messaging messages (one or  
> two sentences),  but would consume lot of brandwidth very big  
> messages.

FWIW, I think using this stuff over link local, or possibly LAN, is  
one thing, but using it over the internet is entirely another.

Dave.
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