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JohnCampbell



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

When entering text data into Excel sheets, it is interesting when excel chooses to complete the data input. Is this what you are attempting to replicate ?
If so, is there any info in Excel to give some tips ?

John
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wahorger



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Location: Morrison, CO, USA

PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John,

Simply stated, yes, that's the intent.

In Excel, however, if you have two strings that match what has been typed, there is no "suggestion" given. Which makes sense since there is an ambiguity. This has caused me some errors in the past - I don't touch type, so I don't see the "fill-in" appear.

For some of my users, the quadrangle name, after a certain point, becomes unique. For example HANDSHOE and HANDISH become unique when the 5th character is typed.

For people like me who cannot touch type, it makes little difference since we won't see the "fill-in" as we type. I'll type the whole name each time. But for others, it will/might.

I'll need to "roll out" a new version for testing of this human interface change to see if the variants to entry actually make a difference to anyone, or if simpler is indeed always better.

BTW, once a name has been entered, it will remain throughout the remainder of the session until changed by the user. No matter where it is used. This saves the most time possible by not having to enter identifying information more than required.

Bill
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LitusSaxonicum



Joined: 23 Aug 2005
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Location: Yateley, Hants, UK

PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

Having idled away several hours toying with your problem, it occurred to me that I had never done anything of the sort. It dawned on me why this morning as I contemplated the tiles in the bathroom.

Rather than pick a square by name, I would draw the grid of squares on the screen in a %gr region, and invite the user to pick one with the mouse pointer. If there were too many squares to resolve individuals, I might either block-select a region (click-n-drag) or accept a click and select an appropriate number of squares around it, Then, I would display that subset, and invite a new pick.

You can get a zoom effect by redrawing the whole grid repeatedly, changing the scale factor each time - on my PC I have to use a timer otherwise I don't see the intermediate steps.

You did say you were open to new ideas.

Eddie
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wahorger



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eddie, what a novel concept! I'll take a deeper look at this to see if it will work for one of the larger data sets (won't fit in a %ls).

Thanks,
Bill
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