Updated: 24/9/05; 10:35:09

David Davies' Radio Weblog

 Friday, July 12, 2002

Figured out that you can create a URL that links to an AOL Instant Messenger account. Clicking on the URL link opens a local AIM client providing there's an AIM client installed on the user's machine. The format is


where 'yourscreenname' is, wait for it, your AIM screen name. You can even create a default message by entering it after the '&message=' but remember to URL encode any special characters such as the space character (encoded to + or %20). A useful guide to all special character encodings can be found here.

There are a number of instant messenger clients and protocols out there but I chose AIM because it's likely to be compatible with Apple's new iChat client.

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 Friday, July 5, 2002

I'll be speaking at a CETIS interoperability meeting on Monday if anyone's free. Sorry for the short notice.
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