Interact's Contact Scratchpad recognizes many common contact-related values without any additional help, but sometimes it needs some help determining certain values. Tags allow you to give the Scratchpad the hints it needs.
NOTE: This documentation uses screenshots from the iOS version of Interact, but the same tags are available and work the same in Interact Scratchpad on the Mac.
Tags should always appear at the beginning of a line of text and be in the format:
Only tags in the available tags list below, appearring at the beginning of a line text will be used, and the tag name should appear first, followed by a colon (:) character, then the tag value. The tag value will be any text on after the : on the same line. Whitespace at the beginning and end of the line will be stripped from the value.
Some tags also support an optional label value to appear after the tag name, separated by a "-" hyphen character, but before the ":". If present, this label is used as the label for the value, for example to attach a "work" or "home" label to a phone number.
Some examples of valid tags:
- first: Joe
- title: Vice President
- phone-home: 888-555-1234
The following tags are currently available:
- name: Use when full name is on a single line.
- prefix: Examples: Mr., Dr.
- suffix: Examples: Jr., III, Sr.
- groups: Comma-delimited list of group names to add the contact. e.g. "groups: Family, Friends".
The "email" and "phone" tags can accept labels to mark the type of value. Labels are included by adding a hyphen and a label string. For example, "phone-mobile: 888-555-1234" would add the phone number labelled as "mobile".
Multiline Note Tag
The "note" tag also supports a special syntax for capturing a multiline block of text as a note using >> and << to delimit the start and end of a block, as follows:
Any text between the markers,
even on multiple lines, will be captured as the note.
If you are good typist, you may find it easier to type tags when needed, but the Scratchpad also offers tag helper keys above the keyboard to fill in tag values and assist with the proper formatting. To use a tag helper, you can select text in the Scratchpad, and hit the appropriate tag key for the value, and the Scratchpad will take care of inserting the proper tag to pick up that value.