Bringing chat to the browser with JWChat

JWChat is a Jabber instant messaging client that is written using only HTML and JavaScript. This means that you need not install a Jabber instant messaging client in order to use Jabber, assuming you already have a Web browser installed. A Jabber client that runs in a Web browser could be just the ticket for such uses as providing instant messaging to visitors to your Web site.

If you just want to use JWChat to connect to Jabber without downloading any software or performing any server setup, you can visit jwchat.org. I tested jwchat.org with a connection to jabber.se from a browser and using Pidgin to verify communication, and it worked fine, but connecting through that site does have drawbacks. Installing JWChat on your own server lets you control the security and availability of the server, integrate JWChat with your site, and establish your own Jabber server on your LAN.