I've got a client that wants to add a chat room(s) to their site.
They don't just want a chat client that points to an mIRC server or anything like that.
It's just supposed to be chat functionality for the visitor's to their site.
Now chat rooms are not my strong point.
My understanding is that if I want to have a live chat (where you don't have to keep hitting refresh), you need to use Java (or ActiveX, but that's not a possibility since it needs to be a cross browser solution).
Question1: Is this understanding correct?
Second, my understanding is that if I use Java on the client, I will also need a Java chat server running on the web server.
The problem here is that most commercial hosting services (that I have checked with) will not allow server software to be installed.
Question2: Do I in fact need a Java chat server or is there another solution?
Any and all help/component referrals/host service referrals/comments will be most appreciated.
Thanks a lot!