wiki:MobileFAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions for Mobile Colloquy users


Can I continue to receive messages or otherwise run Colloquy in the background?

No.

Apple has not provided support for running any third party application in the background. Push notification (like Mail) has been announced but is also not yet available to third party applications.

Keep in mind that even with push notification available in future versions for iPhone, this may not be a possibility in Colloquy due to major changes required in software that is out of our control, i.e. on IRC servers.

How can I stay connected while doing other things?

The main way you can get past the limitation mentioned above is to use something called a bouncer (bnc, proxy, et cetera). A bouncer will stay online for you on a different computer or server which you then connect to from Colloquy. This is a service that Colloquy does not provide, it is something that you will either have to set up yourself or purchase from a third party.

What is Keyboard Selection?

While we figure most people will prefer to tap auto-completion suggestions to insert them, Colloquy also offers the option of inserting them using the keyboard. You can switch to Keyboard Selection in Colloquy's settings (Advanced Behaviour, Chat Completions).

With keyboard selection, instead of only being able to tap suggestions to insert them, you can also wait a second or so after a suggestion pops up, tap space until the suggestion you want is highlighted, and finally tap enter on the keyboard to insert it. Space will only select suggestions if you pause typing, otherwise just as with Tap Selection, continuing to type will be ignore suggestions. You will know you've waited long enough when the Send key turns to Enter.

If you accidentally invoke suggestions with the space bar but don't want them, either tap the X or space button until the X is highlighted and then enter to dismiss them.

How do I change the default settings?

Many settings, such as changing the style, quit message or default nickname, can be changed by selecting Colloquy in the Settings application. If there's a setting you want, it's probably in there.

Why do I have to quit Colloquy to change settings?

We're just following the Apple guidelines for handling infrequently-changed settings for iPhone applications.

How do I create a new style?

While styles for Colloquy are nothing more then CSS and Javascript, Colloquy currently has no way for a user to modify, create and add new styles. However, there is a discussion as to how we might be able to do this in future releases on ticket #1375.

How do I join a new chat room/message a user?

Tap the + button in the Colloquies tab.

How do I change the topic?

Type "/topic The New Topic You Want To Set" and tap enter.

How do I get help for something that isn't listed here?

The easiest way is probably to join #colloquy-mobile on irc.freenode.net, which you can get to from within Colloquy by tapping + on the Colloquies screen, then Join a Chat Room, and finally, Join Colloquy Support Room.

What commands are supported?

Alongside common IRC commands like /msg and /clear, we also support a few others to perform searches and browse websites.

/google query - Searches Google
/wikipedia query - Searches Wikipedia
/amazon query - Searches Amazon
/browser URL - Opens the URL entered in the browser (regardless of your Open Links In setting)
/browser - Opens the browser
/url URL - Opens the URL entered based on your Open Links In setting.

While Mobile Colloquy takes the locale to search on Google, Wikipedia, or Amazon with from the system settings, it is possible to search using different languages. All you have to do is specify a locale other than your default one. This is done by typing a country code like "de" before the search term. So to search the German version of Google for "kuchen", you would enter "/google de kuchen".