Etherpad is brilliant for collaboration but can be messy for real-time discussion. And the chat is so 90's compared to the modern, live-typing, document part!
IMHO the current chat panel should be replaced by a mini-pad chat, providing the...
Response from the site administrator
ep_real_time_chat is the beginning of this work.
If you want me to spend some more time on it feel free to setup a gittip or bounty for any features or stuff. I didn't do any styling or specific design to match your design however I did implement all the required functionality.
Let me know if this is enough and we can close this