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WebChatter 7.0

Sunday, November 28, 2021

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WebChatter 7.0 also comes with WebChatterLIVE absolutely FREE!

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WebChatter Administration
Customizing the main chat screen
Customizing the commands
Customizing the command buttons
Customizing the news layout
Customizing the chat login screen
Customizing the help file
Customizing the text
Choosing RealTime or Refresh
Display information in the chat screen
Removing bad words from the chat
Choosing text colors for chat
Customizing sounds during chat
Adding new users
Going to a specific room
Required directories
Using live web page chat (WebChatter LIVE)
Customizing WebChatter LIVE graphics
Creating your own games
Using Telnet

WebChatter Features:

You must be a Room Operator (SysOp) to use the below commands:

Requirements for Installation:

  • Line #1: If you choose a Refresh Chat, this is the number of seconds to refresh the chat screen
  • Line #2: If you chose a Refresh Chat, this is the number of lines you want to display in the chat screen at one time. Default is 50 lines
  • Line #3: Put a 0 (Zero) if you want RealTime or 1 (One) if you want Refresh. Default is 0 (RealTime).
  • Line #4: If you want the server to send hidden keep alive messages to ensure server to browser connectivity, set this to the number of seconds you want messages sent. If you want to turn off keep alive, set this to 0 (Zero). Default is 10 seconds.
  • Line #5: This is the default room name you want users to login to.
  • Line #6: If you are using a free version of WebChatter, place a 1 (One) here if you want the ads to come up in the chat screen (so you can use the skins), or zero (0) if you want them in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  • Line #7: Put a 0 (Zero) here if you do not want HTML codes allowed in the chat, or a 1 (One) if you want to allow them
  • Line #8: This is the number of seconds you want a user to be automatically kicked off if they are idle. 1800 seconds is the default (30 minutes). Used so your server won't bog down
  • Line #9: This is the number of seconds you want to warn a user that they will be kicked off. Default is 1500 seconds (25 minutes). This will keep warning them until they are kicked off
  • Line #10: Put a 0 (Zero) if you do not want chat logging or 1 (One) if you want chat logging.

    All changes will take effect the next time any user logs in. NOTE: You should make sure there are no users chatting when you change any of these variables.

    How to display information in the chat screen:

    You can place a file named notice.txt in /chat to display any information to a user when they first logon to the chat room

    How to remove bad words:

    All words that you do not want allowed in the chat rooms are stored in a file called badwords.txt. This file is stored in the /chat directory. Each line is one word you do not want displayed in the chat rooms. Remember that you do not need to add suffixes to words for them to removed from the chat.

    For example, let's say you want the word help removed from the chat. Once you add the word to the badwords.txt file, any word beginning with help, including helpful will be removed. It will be replaced with !#$%. So, the word helpful would now look like #!$%ful on the chat screen.

    Customizing the user's text chat color:

    In the /chat directory there is a file called colors.txt. Any text color you want available to your users, enter it here. There are two variables on each line. The first is the actually color code and the second is the description. So, if you wanted to use blue, you would add #0000FF,BLUE

    Customizing Sounds:

    All sound files are stored in your root web accessible directory. This is the top level directory where people are allowed to view web pages on your site. Current sound filenames are:

    • welcome.wav = Greets users when they first login to chat
    • join.wav = Plays when a new user joins the chat room
    • message.wav = Plays when you are sent a private message
    • knock.wav = Plays when a buddy logs on
    • close.wav = Plays when a buddy logs off
    • kick.wav = Plays when a user will be kicked for idle time

    How can new users register for an account:

    New users can create a new account by just entering an unused account name and clicking on login or clicking on the login button and leaving everything blank

    How to go directly to a room:

    You can have users go directly to a room by specifying the room variable. Like this:


    Just replace room_name with any name of a room and it will take you to that room

    Required directories used by WebChatter:

    The following directories are placed under your root directory to your web server:


    The above is where all of the chat processes are done


    The above is where all of your registerd users' information is stored. All account names begin with a period. For example, if you have an account named chatter then it will be stored as .chatter in a standard text file


    The above is where all user lock files are stored. This is used to prevent overwriting any files during chat


    The above is where all user profiles are stored

    Using Live Web Page Chat:

    WebChatter LIVE allows you to chat instantly with users that are on your web site. You can see how it all works and looks here

    To enable your site to chat with live visitors, simply place this code on your web pages:

    <CENTER><br> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript" SRC="http://yourserver.com/cgi-bin/chatlive.cgi?gname=account_name"><br> </SCRIPT><br> </CENTER><br>

    Just use your web site URL and replace account_name with the account name that you want associated with this web site. Be sure you have registered this user in the WebChatter login section.

    To login to the account, simply point your web browser to:


    The login screen will show up to 10 of your site visitors at one time. You can also have up 10 different people logged into the same account to have more support for your web site. Just be sure that each user logs in under a different name.

    Customizing WebChatter LIVE Graphics:

    There are four graphics files that WebChatter LIVE uses to distinguish when an operator is available to chat with: chat_live.gif, chat_live_invalid.gif, chat_live_email.gif, chat_live_join.gif, and they are all stored in the subdirectory, webchatter_graphics.

    All of the below graphic files can have any width size. The height determines what the chatlive.cgi program should do.

    chat_live.gif tells the user that there is an operator available to chat with. The height must be 60 pixels

    chat_live_invalid.gif displays if an invalid account name is used to call the chatlive.cgi program from a web page. The height must be less than 58 pixels

    chat_live_email.gif will be shown if there is no operator available to chat with. The height must be 58 pixels

    chat_live_join.gif will scroll across the screen when an operator pages the user on the web site. The height must be 59 pixels

    For paid versions of WebChatter LIVE, you can replace the webchatter_live_logo.gif with your own custom logo, instead of pointing to the Web Post Network web site.

    Creating your own games:

    If you are familiar with JavaScript, you may want to create your own games! There are several things to know first:

    • Games can only work in Realtime mode
    • All games are standard HTML & JavaScript files (except a few header lines) but with a .game extension
    • When referencing the game window, always use: games1.game.document
    • All games require four form elements (form name, data variable, start variable, turn variable:

      <FORM NAME="gamename">
      <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=data>
      <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=start value="0">
      <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=turn value="$first_player">

      The only value you should change above is the form name. The rest should appear exactly how you see them.

      The data variable is passed back and forth to both browsers during each turn and is appended to each time. For example, when player one moves, and your game piece is in position #5, the data variable will be 5-1. This means position 5, player 1. Now when player two moves, and the game piece is in position #6, the data variable will be 5-1,6-2. You are not required to pass any information to this variable, but it is useful if needed.

      The start variable should always be predefined to 0 (zero). Set it to 2 when both players have joined. And when a player has won, it is set to 1 automatically. To tell the game program that a user has won, pass the variable won (shown below) with a value of 1. If the game is a draw, pass with a value of 2. Otherwise the variable won should contain nothing -- not even zero.

      The turn variable tells the game who's turn it is. It should always be set opposite to the user who's turn it currently is. In your game, you should generally use turn=$user2. This will automatically determine the opponent's player number.

      When a player moves, you should always call this:

      parent.submit.document.location.href = "$games?session=$session&player=$player" + "&data=" + your_variable + "&area=submit" + "&turn=" + user2 + "&user=" + user + "&won=" + won + "&piece=" + piece + "&game=$game";

      The only thing that will change in the above line is the JavaScript variable your_variable. This is anything that should be sent to the other player's browser that will tell them which spot was chosen. This will be sent to the form element data as described above. The rest of the information will be filled in automatically by the game program. However, be sure to define the following exactly as shown below:

      var user = $user;
      var user2 = $user2;
      var piece = "$piece";
      var won = "";

      The variables above are automatically filled in by the game program.

    • Lines 1 - 9 are required for the game to communicate between players

    Line #1: Defines how you want the game window displayed. Works just as if you were to use the JavaScript window.open object.

    Eg. width=400,height=475,resizable=0

    This makes the game window a size of 400x475 and does not allow it to be resized

    Line #2: Defines the default game piece for player one

    Line #3: Defines the default game piece for player two

    Line #4: This line generally should be all JavaScript and will be sent to player 2's browser each time player 1 makes a move

    Line #5: This line generally should be all JavaScript and will be sent to player 1's browser each time player 2 makes a move

    Line #6: Sent to player 1's browser when either player has won

    Line #7: Sent to player 2's browser when either player has won

    Line #8: Sent to both player's browser when neither has won

    Line #9: Sent to both player's browser when both have joined the game

    After Line #9, you can either define custom variables, or place a space between those lines and your game coding. An example of a custom defined variable is:


    This would be on Line #10 if you were to define it. To have your program output it, just call it as $blackChecker in your game code. For example:

    <IMG SRC="$blackChecker">

    When your game is loaded, the above line will actually be:

    <IMG SRC="http://yourserver.com/webchatter_graphics/blackchecker.gif">

    Using Telnet:

    If you are on a Windows 95/98 machine, to run telnet, do the following:

    • Click Start
    • Click Run
    • Type telnet and press ENTER

    The Telnet screen will then come up. Generally, you connect to the same address you would ftp files to your server.

    Once you login with the same username and password as when you ftp files, the commands are very similar to DOS in Windows.

    • cd = change directory
    • ls = list files in current directory
    • rm = remove / delete a file
    • mv = mv a file to another location
    • mkdir = make directory

    If you want to untar the files yourself, simply cd into the directory you uploaded the WebChatter file, and then:

    • Type gunzip webchatter.tar.gz and press ENTER (Replace the filename with the exact filename you uploaded to your server
    • Type tar xvfp webchatter.tar and press ENTER NOTE: the .gz is no longer on the filename

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