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Ash Donaldson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 19 Apr 2004 12:18:25 +1000
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Quoting Marty Landman <[log in to unmask]>:
> So for 29 I'd likely press 3, oops. How
> the heck do you do that?

Just to throw some confusion into the crowd...

If you wanted to select the number 3 in a drop down, how do you think you'd get
there with 'type select'?  Press the 3 key?  Well, if it has been encoded as "1,
2, 3,...", yes.  If, however, it has been encoded in the more typical fashion
(for day of the month selection) as "01, 02, 03, ...", you would have to press 0
thrice to get there.

Of course, this encoding also affects the 'easier' (fewer keystrokes) way to get
to 29.  If the encoding is "01, 02, 03,...", one would have to resaon that 29 is
closer to 30, therefore they should press 3, then the up arrow to go back one to
get to their desired number of 29.  If, however, the date is encoded "1, 2,
3,...", one would have to press 3, resulting in "3" being selected, verify that
it was not the correct number, then press 3 again to get "30", and press the up
arrow before they reach their desired number of 29.  That's a large amount of
unnecessary thought cycles and keystrokes to input a known number.

Best regards,

Ash Donaldson
"It depends."
User Experience Designer

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