Data Detectors turn text from your posts into clickable links inside a chat. FM Chat comes with a number of data detectors in place--simple things like recognizing urls, and FedEx tracking, to more complicated examples that point toward what you can do when creating data detectors of your own.
Data detectors are one of the most powerful features of FM Chat; they let chats talk to your FileMaker solutions, web sites, and even other apps. iChat can't do that ;-)
You can watch a video walkthrough of data detectors on youtube.
Creating and editing Data Detectors
You can find the data detectors by clicking "Admin Setup" on the Welcome screen. You'll then see a tab for data detectors on the preferences layout.
Click in the white area of any detector to edit that field; create new detectors by clicking "Add More". Data detectors are shared among all, FM Chat users.
How they work
The detector is described with three fields:
The most interesting detectors are those that call scripts in your solution. This is done using FileMaker's fmp:// script protocol. Check out the "approve" and "deny" examples that ship with FM Chat for an example of how you name a script in your file and pass in parameters.