Here’s what it looks like:
The right-hand panel contains a number of megaphone applet instances, one for each contact I often talk to. If I click on the avatar (or the generic contact icon) it creates a text chat. The beauty of Telepathy is that the text chat will be handled by my favorite text chatting application, in this case Empathy itself, but it could be konqueror or whatever other program capable of handling text chats.
The first time the applet is added, you can choose a contact to be displayed. The contact chooser re-uses the empathy contact list as found in libempathy-gtk. Simply find your contact in the list, click ok and you’re set.
The applet also offers an ‘Information’ dialog, taken again from libempathy-gtk that allows you to view and edit the contact vcard, and edit the groups to which it belongs.
And amazingly, the applet only has 570 lines of C code and that includes the gobject and applet boilerplate…
In completely unrelated and old news, we got our traditional gourmet restaurant with vincent, xavier and cédric at Birmingham. Delightful!
Vincent certainly seems to enjoy the moment !