Data Detectors

by Charles Miller on January 23, 2009

The Data Detectors feature in Apple Mail always surprises me. It's one of those features that works far better than I ever expect it to. For example, given this email…

Please reserve Sunday 15th March on your calendar from 15:00 for a chess game or two, a couple of drinks & tucker. The address is 2[Censored] Beverly Hills,  which is 5 minutes walk from Beverly Hills railway station & King Georges Road.

…the data detector successfully pulls out the date, time and location without any further input from me. (The event title is the email subject, which is usually close enough).

Well done, nameless hacker in the depths of the Apple campus.

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