Ever wanted to embed a little chat panel into your page? Well, now you can with the jQuery HipChat Plugin:
- Write this:
- To embed this:
There are actually several things going on here.
First, we added a “minimal mode”, which renders the web client without chrome whether you are a guest or normal user. Second, we added an “anonymous mode” that allows a guest to instantly connect to a room with minimal hassle. For more information on these and other new parameters, see the embedding HipChat knowledge base article.
Under the covers, the jQuery plugin is basically creating an iframe with both minimal and anonymous mode enabled. By default, the plugin will stick a “Chat” button on an area of the page. When clicked, the button will open up a new anonymous chat session. However, if you don’t use jQuery or want full control, you can use the new query parameters in the guest access URL.
This effort is but one of several new features we’ll be announcing soon to make integrating and even building on HipChat easy and accessible. If you are a developer and have ideas on how the HipChat integration experience could be improved, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments or, better yet, the suggestions forum!