Commit c43eea2a authored by Aruna's avatar Aruna Committed by Kat

Added an Overview help page to Empathy, bug 604975

Created an overview page which briefs a new user on IM and adds a few pictures.
parent f1ab42c0
<page xmlns=""
<link type="guide" xref="index"/>
<revision pkgversion="3.7" version="0.1" date="2012-11-30" status="draft"/>
What instant messaging is and how you can use it.
<credit type="author">
<name>Aruna S</name>
<credit type="editor">
<name>Ekaterina Gerasimova</name>
<p>Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0</p>
<title>Overview of instant messaging</title>
Instant messaging, sometimes abbreviated to IM, is a text-based means to
communicate instantly over the internet and the local network. While some
IM applications work with only one type of account, others, including
<link xref="introduction">Empathy</link>, provide IM facilities by using
<link xref="add-account">accounts</link> from different service providers.
Some of these even support audio and video calling.
<table frame="all" shade="cols">
<td><p><media type="image" src="figures/video_overview.png" mime="image/png" style="right" width="150" height="150"></media></p></td>
<td><p><media type="image" src="figures/conf_overview.png" mime="image/png" style="right" width="150" height="150"></media></p></td>
<td><p><media type="image" src="figures/croom_overview.png" mime="image/png" style="right" width="150" height="150"></media></p></td>
<td><p>Video Conference</p></td>
<td><p>Group chats</p></td>
<td><p>Chat rooms</p></td>
Some instant messaging applications can be used to connect to chat rooms,
online places where like-minded people meet to talk. One popular means to
connect to several chat rooms is the Internet Relay Chat, also known as
<link xref="irc-manage">IRC</link>. IRC provides
<link xref="irc-join-room">public</link> chat rooms, which are open to
anyone who creates an account on the IRC Server, and private chat rooms,
which are <link xref="irc-join-pwd">password protected</link>
and open only to a select few.
......@@ -12,7 +12,10 @@ HELP_MEDIA = \
figures/gtk-add.png \
figures/gtk-edit.png \
figures/gtk-remove.png \
figures/offline.png \
figures/croom_overview.png \
figures/conf_overview.png \
......@@ -46,6 +49,7 @@ HELP_FILES = \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \
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