is a CGI
program written in Perl
that allows access to IRC
via a web browser
. It is designed to be flexible and has many uses such as an IRC gateway for an IRC network, a chat-room for a website or to access IRC when stuck behind a restrictive firewall
CGI:IRC will work in most browsers, including text based browsers such as Links
. To make full use of most of the available features, a newer version is essential; older browsers will work, but CGI:IRC will use a single windowed interface instead and the names list will not update as quickly.
enabled), CGI:IRC will present a tabbed interface
similar to GUI IRC clients. Tab completion
and keyboard shortcuts
are available, for example ALT+window-number
jumps to a particular window.
Some common IRC client features are unavailable, such as scripting, DCC chat, and file transfers, due to the webserver-based nature of CGI:IRC.
Use of CGI:IRC
CGI:IRC is used by many IRC networks to provide a way for users to chat on their network from within their web browser. When used in this way, most of the functions are disabled for security reasons, i.e. the user is unable to connect to a different server, sometimes the channels that the user may join are restricted. Due to the nature of... Read More