AIM is a interesting Instant Messenger application. I think some people may wonder if Escargot would support AIM, however, I’d doubt so, judging by how AIM works too differently from MSN/YIM.
AIM has no “status text”, compared to MSN, it has profiles, which are more simillar to HTML but uses AIM’s markdown. However, they can’t be converted to status text without overflowing. My solution is so that non-AIM users can access a AIM-user’s profile with a status like this
This user is currently using AIM, to check their profile, go to (link)
However, i don’t know if that’ll work
Lack of Nudges/Buzzes
MSN has Nudges, Yahoo has Buzzes, AIM has… nothing…
I mean, i don’t really have a solution other than to trigger a error for MSN/Yahoo users that the user is currently using AIM, or just send “name has sent you a nudge/buzz!”
Buddy Names =/= Emails and Usernames
They work too different than what MSN and Yahoo have. Underscore names worked fine on 5.9, but as when i got to 4.7, AIM locked itself up telling me a name was invalid.
Also, MSN allows the user to put emoticons on their username. This would mess up buddy lists. even then, even if we made it so that buddy list names were the first part of the email (firstname.lastname@example.org), however, what if two people had the same first part, but different second part? that wouldn’t work, and we can’t assign a number (a la ICQ) because it would overflow one point in the future.
This is one of the unique AIM features that i know no other IM has. This won’t work on Escargot because of it only being in AIM.
It’ll be difficult for implementing AIM support on Escargot, however, it’ll be nice to see a alternative to iwarg’s aim server that crashes every once in a while.