[EpiData-list] Sample file in Entry and how to handle date formulations in entry

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Mon Sep 13 03:42:11 CDT 2010


  Notice that when you open the Entry Client, the file sample.epx is 
automatically loaded if the file is in the same folder as the exe files. 
The file contains 12 records with examples of local font texts. If you 
prefer NOT to have this file loaded every time, then just rename or move 
the sample.epx to another folder.

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Specification of entry of dates.

Please comment on which strategy you find most attractive:

A: The date rule depends on (dmy/mdy/ymd) (current implementation)
B. The date rule is independent of type of field (dmy/mdy/ymd):
C: Combination of A and B

A:
Enter digits to the field type first part (YMD/DMY/MDY) and fill in 
current (day month or year) from "today" for the parts not entered. E.g. 
one number is day in a DMY field, but year (+2000) in a YMD field. Try 
this strategy in current sample file.

B:
one digit: always day  - automatically add current month + year
two digits: always day - automatically add current month + year
three digits:  the first two are handled as a day, the third as month
four digits:  the first two are handled as a day, the third+fourth  as month
five or more up to 8 digits:  the first two as a day, the third+fourth  
as month,
        5 and up as year (+ centenary)

C1:
one digit: always day  - automatically add current month + year
two digits: always day - automatically add current month + year
if more than two follow same principle as A.

C2:
one digit: always day  - automatically add current month + year
two digits: always day - automatically add current month + year
three digits:  the first two are handled as a day, the third as month
four digits:  the first two are handled as a day, the third+fourth  as month
if more than four follow same principle as A.

The rule should be simple to explain or else wrong data will be entered.

Possibly principle C1 is the simplest to explain.

Please comment

regards
Jens Lauritsen
EpiData Association


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