HTML Chat : Is appending text the best/only way?

All the in-browser chat rooms I have seen so far append messages into the html.

Questions: Is this the proper way to do browser based chat rooms? Will I run into any problems if I implement a browser based chat like this?


Yes, this is how to do chat rooms in html. There is no practical way to display more text without changing the html in some way.

The only problem you might want to watch out for is auto scrolling. The browser will not continue to scroll down to display the next new message (assuming you're appending at the bottom) unless you code auto scrolling into the javascript, so you should probably do that.

It should work cross browser, but you might have problems with IE and document.getElementById();

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