Rich Message

This page describes where to use and find a rich message type

What is a rich message?

A rich message is a card type message that can include lots of different multimedia elements such as titles, text, images, links and more.

Rich messages can be used within your OpenDialog chatbot in various scenarios to enhance user engagement and improve the overall user experience.

When to use rich messages

Rich messages are great for when you need to convey information that is better communicated through visuals, such as product images. For guiding users through complex processes or workflows, rich messages can break down steps visually and provide clear instructions at each stage. When users need to make choices or selections from a list of options, buttons or quick reply options, rich messages can streamline the process and make it more user-friendly.

Rich messages allow for more control around message content and how it is displayed to the user. They can be thought of like 'card' style messages and contain any of the following elements in combination:

  • Title

  • Subtitle

  • Text

  • Image

  • Buttons

How to create a rich message

Via the custom message in Message Editor

Navigate to the Message Editor and create a Custom Message. Select rich-message from the message type drop down menu and the XML Snippet field will automatically be populated with a code template.

Fill in the template with the properties of your particular message and when you are happy with it make sure to save your message and test it in the Test Preview chat window.

  • Open your OpenDialog application

  • Select the Scenario that you wish to edit

  • Select Design from the left hand panel and select Messages

  • Go into the message that you want to add a message block to

  • Add a 'Custom Message' block

  • Select 'rich-message' from the drop down

  • Add in your own text to the fields you want to customise

  • To preview your message, go to the Preview section

XML Snippet

Basic snippet:

  <title>Rich Message</title>
  <subtitle>With a subtitle</subtitle>
  <text>Some engaging text</text>
    <url new_tab="true"></url>

More advanced snippet:

      <text>Button text</text>
      <link new_tab="true">linkUrl</link>
      <url new_tab="true"></url>


<title> Write the text here that you would like to see as your rich message title

<subtitle> Write the text here that you would like to see as your rich message subtitle

<text> Write the text you would like to display in your message here. Emojis can be inserted here too. For instructions see no-code text message

<image> Write in here the link to the image that you would like to see displayed in your rich message

If you change your mind and select a different message type after generating the XML code, the new message code will be appended in the same window so make sure to delete the old message code.

How to use a rich message

Saving a message: Always remember to hit 'Save Message' before closing or navigating away from the edit screen.

How to construct a rich message

When structuring a message, you are able to use multiple different message blocks together to create the message that you are looking for. However, when it comes to ordering and structing these, there are some rules that need to be followed. To learn more about this, please head to the Constructing Messages page for more information.

For all message types, a key element to take into consideration is Accessibility, especially for messages that include customisation with multimedia types such as buttons, images and links. For all information on accessibility within OpenDialog, please click here.

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