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This componet makes use of the clever Chatbot::Eliza library -
which takes me back about 25 years when I first got interested in CS.
Eliza, the primitive AI psychologist, has been around at least that long.

- The component simply generates a form that calls itself,
reiterating the transcript and prompting the user with a new question.
- The Eliza program makes use of a 'memory' to ask questions
based on replies given several answers ago.
The debug flag can be used to split out the contents of this
memory in an HTML comment under the form.
- The session_id can be used for keeping track of the same user's conversation,
if you were to say, log all the transcripts somewhere ;-)

I actually wrote this a few years ago, but thought it might be good for some laughs ...

use Chatbot::Eliza;


my $mybot = new Chatbot::Eliza;

$session_id = ($session_id) ? $session_id : (int(rand(100000)) + 1);
$num_lines += 2;

$transcript .= "$name|$question#\n";
my $count=0;
my ($transcript_string);
my @ts_arr = split(/#/, $transcript);
foreach my $line (@ts_arr){
my ($nm, $res) = split(/\|/, $line);
$nm =~ s/\n//g;
$nm =~ s/\s*$//;
if($nm && $res){
if($count > ($num_lines-15)){
$transcript_string .= "<tr><td valign=top>";
if($nm eq "Meliza"){
$transcript_string .= "<font size=2 face=Arial color=red>$nm:</td>\n";
$transcript_string .= "<td valign=top";
$transcript_string .= ' bgcolor="#FFFFCC" ';
} else {
$transcript_string .= "<font size=2 face=Arial color=blue>$nm:</td>\n";
$transcript_string .= "<td valign=top";
push(@{$mybot->memory}, $res);
$transcript_string .= "><font size=2 face=Arial>$res</td></tr>\n";
$question = "Hello";
my $reply = $mybot->transform( $question );
$transcript .= "Meliza|$reply#\n";

<form action="" method="POST">
<tr><td valign=top align=right><font size=2 face=Arial color=red><b>Meliza:</td>
<td valign=top bgcolor="#FFFFCC"><font size=2 face=Arial><%$reply%></td></tr>
<input name="transcript" type="hidden" value="<%$transcript%>">
<input name="debug" type="hidden" value="<%$debug%>">
<input name="name" type="hidden" value="<%$name%>">
<input name="num_lines" type="hidden" value="<%$num_lines%>">
<tr><td align=right valign=top><font size=2 face=Arial><%$name%>:</td>
<td valign=top><nobr><input name="question" type="text" size="50">
<input name="submit" type="submit" value="Ask"></nobr></td></tr>
<input name="session_id" type="hidden" value="<%$session_id%>">

% if($debug) {
% my $i=0;
% foreach my $n(@{$mybot->memory}){
<!-- memory line <%$i%>: <%$n%> -->
% $i++;
% }
% }