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September 16, 2008

Gmail's Forgotten Attachment Detector

Gmail Labs added two new experimental features: a "Mark as Read" button and a very basic script that warns if you write about attaching documents but you forget to actually attach them.


The attachment detector couldn't recognize patterns like "I attached a file", "Check the attached file", but it worked when using: "I've attached..." and "I have attached". Greasemonkey scripts like Gmail attachment reminder find their way in Gmail Labs and you no longer need to use Firefox or install a certain extension to use them.

{ Thanks, Carlos. }

13 comments:

  1. FINALLY, the "Mark Read" button, i've been waiting for it since AGES* !!!
    (well, ages is the time since the mark read button greasemonkey script stopped working with the gmail 2.0 interface)

    THANKS GMAIL LABS !!!

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  2. kmail has this same feature on KDE. It's saved me the hassle of resending a couple of times, and also had a few false alarms. Overall, it's pretty useful

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  3. See US Patent US7016937 http://v3.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPODOC&IDX=US7016937&F=0&QPN=US7016937

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  4. and see http://www.oceantomoauctions.com/catalogue_files/102008/Messaging_Lot_11.pdf

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  5. This sounds pretty familiar. Didn't GMail used to do this years ago?

    Did they take it out, and just now reimplement it?

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  6. @Anonymous:
    I don't think so. Maybe you installed a Greasemonkey script or an extension like Better Gmail.

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  7. US Patent US7016937 makes me sad. What's next - one-click checkout? Oh wait.

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  8. While reading mails "Mark as Unread" button would be nice too. I thought they also added it. I looked for it for a time as if they did. I read the post and it mentions only "mark as read" button. I am so disappointed. Hear me Gmail! I also want "Mark as Unread" button. I don't want to use dropdown for the features I use most.

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  9. I, too, would like a "Mark as Unread" button.

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  10. This feature is pretty useless if I have to type the exact phrase "I have attached". If I can remember to type that I might as well remember to attach the file.

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  11. In french, there is a detection problem. If I says that a friend should join a mailing list or a group, with such a sentense: "Pol s'est joint au groupe", then there is a faulty positive detection of an attachement file.
    This feature cannot be disabled in the Lab config page, which is a problem for me.
    I don't like this new feature.

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  12. Attachment detector failed with "... a look at attached resume and let ... "
    Not cool : |

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