I need to know whether mIRC can accept emoticons,because when i send message(with some emoticons in it) with other client,mIRC shows the emoticon like empty space.I develop an irc client and need to know this for obvious reason...
Personally, I agree that emoticons should not be used in mIRC, however, if they were to be integrated, I would hope that they would either be off by default, or have a setting so that they are turned off (unlike a lot of IM programs where they default to on and there's no option to turn them off).
In fact the main reason I don't use IRC as much these days is because of the plain and uninteresting interface most of the clients have. I know mIRC can be customised and can even be scripted to support emoticons with the support of DLLs, but that's a lot of work to make a half decent implementation. For example, most of the current ones use HTML and echo line too long errors when more than a few emotions are displayed because they do a simple $replace(string,: $+ $chr(40),<img src="smile.gif" />)
It wouldn't be all that hard to add as far as I know, because the mIRC text windows are already graphical windows, and would shut up the constant requests for emoticons as well as make mIRC much more appealing to those from IM backgrounds.
That would be me. Colors was about as mickey mouse as I would care to see it go, but if I could disable it like colors then I wouldn't go off the deep-end and shoot up a McDonald's or anything. As long as it would silence the kids' whining about it.
*nods* Emoticons support could be switched on/off without affecting anything to the way mIRC is now for those who don't want it. I never understood why people are voicing so heavily against it. Same goes for Voice/Cam support.
The main reason people disagree with doing these, even if they can be disabled, is because there are other things that the programming time can be spent on that would probably be a better use of time than trying to do all that silly IM stuff. This *isn't* IM and shouldn't be compared to IM.