Once you connect to the chat server at chat.mcf.com using Telnet, you can use the following commands to talk to the server. A command starts with a slash followed immediately by the command. Additional arguments follow and the line is always terminated with a carriage return/line feed pair. The single exception to this rule occurs when chat messages are sent between client and server or vice versa. Any line not starting with a "/" is considered to be a chat message and is treated accordingly. Below is a summary of commands sent from the chat client applet or used by Telnet users to operate the chat server:

Client User Commands

/nick <name> -- signs telnet user onto the server with a name of "name" (omit the < >)

/applet <name> -- same as /nick, but sent by applets to request additional server messages

/who -- lists all users currently connected

/say <msg> -- send message to everyone in a room. Same as just typing the message

/whisper <user> <msg> -- send a private message to the specified user

/list -- list all the chat rooms currently available

/join <room> [<password>] -- joins the specified room. Password optional

/quit -- disconnects from the chat server

/help -- display a brief summary of legal commands

Any other text not starting with a "/" is considered to be a normal message and is sent to all connected chat clients. (this is the default way to send a message and is what the current Java applet does. The "/say" command is redundant.)

All chat commands end with a carriage return/line feed end of line sequence.

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