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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #88. Show Your Online Status in a Web Page

Add your Skype online status to any web page by using this hack.

Works with: Windows version of Skype.

With this neat little add-on, you can make your Skype online status available in real time from any web page.

First, you must download and install the add-on by visiting its support page at http://www.skyperunners.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=30.

What you're downloading is a Windows install package that takes care of all the installation details; just follow the instructions. Once it's installed, you're ready to start building web pages that show your Skype online status.

Warning

The add-on requires that you have Microsoft .NET 1.1 installed on your machine. To find out if you have .NET installed and, if so, what version, navigate to Start → Control Panel → Add or Remove Programs, and scroll down the list of currently installed programs, looking for an entry for Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. If you don't have it, download and install it from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/.

After starting the online status indicator, you should test it by visiting http://www.skypestatus.com/Skypename.gif. This URL will be created automatically for whatever your Skypename might be. You should see something like that shown in Figure 11-9.

The online status indicator returns a button image based on your online status (see Figure 11-10), but not all types of online status are properly indicated (see Table 11-4).

Figure 11-9. Test your online status indicator ...

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