Leahcims Javachat Help
IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat". It was originally written by Jarkko Oikarinen in 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over 60 countries around the world. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people meet on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of channels that can be formed on IRC.

The IRC Server is like a big building or hotel, with many rooms in it. People with similar interests gather at one of these rooms. The sports fan gathers in the gym, the women at the beauty-saloon :) and so on. On the chat there are also 'channels' i.e. rooms where people with similar interest gather to have a chat. If you get bored at the gym or get tired you can leave to visit the bar, in a similar fashion you can leave a 'channel' and join another that suits you more at that time. All commands will be explained on this page.

Leahcim Javachat is offering IRC services since 1996 and has been the starting place of many and still houses people from all over the world. Leahcims IRC Server is web oriented, the client ( a Java Applet ), nickname registration, channel registration are all handled with a web interface. Conventional IRC clients such as mIRC are not allowed. This doesnt mean it has less functionality, as we are going to see later its much easier and has also tons of features.

This page will help you get the most out of Leahcims Javachat.  If this is your first time you visit this page will get you going in a flash.

The following topics will be explained on this page:

Additional topics may be added later.


  • When you visit you have the option to 'quickchat' in a language. Slide your mouse over your language it will be highlighted.   And click on it, a new window will popup.

  • In the Applet window type your nickname in the top-left TextBox and press 'connect' to start.

  • The big frame on the left is the main chat window, all typed text goes in the 'channel' wich means every user can see it. Commands are also issued in this window.
  • The smaller frame on the right is the nickname list. All users present in the 'channel' are visible on the nickname list. Double-click a nickname for a private chat session.

  • Type /list ( the slash included ) and you will get a list of channels running on the server. Click on the channel of your choice and you will be joining that channel.
  • The floating text on topof the main window is the 'channel topic' wich means people are probably talking about that topic.
  • It's not required to greet the channel, but a simple "Hi all" wont harm ;-)
  • If the topic discussed in the main window doesn't fit you, you can allways try to have a private chat with someone. Just double-click on a name on the 'nickname list' and say Hi. Don't expect everyone to answer, everyone has the right to chose with whomever he/she wants to have a private chat.

Personal Settings

  • 'Personal Settings' can be used to create a default nickname, default channel, default colors etc. If you save these settings they will automatically be used everytime you visit 
  • On the main page click on 'personal settings' on the left frame. The "Personal Settings" window will open.
  • Fill in your desired default nickname, password (if any), default channel, fontsize and colors to be used as default. Click on 'Save' when you are done, and all the values will be used as default each time you visit;-)

  • These selected settings will also be used for 'quickchat', so you won't need to fill in your nickname if you select 'quickchat' or 'list channels'.

Chat Commands


  • The forward slash is the default command character. Commands on IRC are not case sensitive, and can be issued in the main window or in the private chat window, all output is in the main window. Anything that does not begin with "/" is assumed to be a message to someone and will be sent to your current channel, or to a person you are chatting with in a private chat. 
  • The only command you will need to memorize is "/commands". When you issue this command you will get a list of available commands on the chat with their explanation and usage next to it. The picture above shows all the commands, pretty self-explanatory.
  • If you have a registered nickname and didn't set your personal settings use "/nick newnick password" for example: /nick Harry coolpwd521.

Chat Popups

  • Popups are accessed by right clicking on the main window or on a nickname. Popups can be used to adjust channel settings or to issue commands.

  • Right clicking on a name in the nickname list followed by selecting 'whois' from the popup menu will do the same as the command '/whois nick'. All output is in the main window. The rest of the nickname popups work in a similar way for example selecting 'ping' from the menu will do the same as the command '/ping nick'.
  • Right clicking on the main window will bring up a popup where you can adjust channel settings such as fonttype and fontsize. Select the font or fontsize you want and it will change instantly.
  • The Applet supports also logging of conversations. Right click on the main window and select logging, a new window will open. All text generated by the Applet will also appear on this new window, you can copy text from the window by selecting text and pressing "CTRL+c". The copied text can be pasted into another application or a new document using "CTRL+v". Once you are done logging generated text right click on the main window again and from the popup select logging again, this will disable logging and close the log window.

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