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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats Apps
Tiger only hintWhen chatting with a Jabber contact using iChat, you can use IRC-like /me syntax to perform actions. For instance, typing...
/me wants a Napa-based PowerBook with a
  dual-core Pentium D, a 533MHz FSB, DDR2 RAM and SATA II.
... will produce this output:

Stephanos Piperoglou wants a Napa-based PowerBook with a dual-core Pentium D, a 533MHz FSB, DDR2 RAM and SATA II.

Well, assuming your name is also Stephanos Piperoglou, that is. This does not work with AIM chats.
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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats
Authored by: voldenuit on Jun 24, '05 04:35:18PM

/me thinks that those who like this kind of shorthand-writing resulting in output not looking like some SMS, will probably be able to get a lot of use out of a system-wide shortcut-tool such as typeit4me.com.

Not free, but extremely handy.



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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats
Authored by: babbage on Jun 25, '05 11:56:36PM

I think you misunderstand.

In IRC, where this convention originated, conversations typically flow, depending on the IRC client you're using, something like this:

alice: hey bob!
bob: hello, alice, what's up?
alice: i'm breaking into your computer!
bob runs away
alice laughs
alice: just kidding, sorry
bob: phew!

Etc. In other words, it's not just that "/me" is being "expanded" to "person does ...", but that the action itself is represented as a break in the dialogue, rather than just a different kind of statement.

This isn't really a macro that's being substituted; it's actually an IRC / Jabber / etc command.

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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats
Authored by: powerbookg3user0 on Jun 25, '05 01:57:38AM

But does iChat still display this in a bubble? And do other users with different Jabber clients see it as a normal message?

This seems pointless; IRC has better behaviour!

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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats
Authored by: stephanos on Jun 26, '05 06:27:18PM

No, the text does not appear in a bubble, which helps distinguish it from normal dialogue.



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10.4: Perform actions in Jabber iChats
Authored by: xfrosch on Jun 30, '05 12:03:03PM

That's fine, but I bet actions don't propagate through Jabber gateways, do they? In other words, they're worthless if all I use Jabber for is to talk to MSN and Yahoo IM clients.



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