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From: "John Cardinal" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] Age calculator & irregular dates
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 20:07:38 -0400
Robin Lamacraft wrote:
> Darrell, Gordon, Andy, etc
> It seems as if there is a possible conceptual solution but it would require
> an extension of the space allowed for irregular dates.
> Try this for size, allow a symbol (say ||) within the irregular date field
> to delimit the irregular date from the following an user-provided estimate
> of that date. The date estimate only being used for age calculations,
> eg "Spring 1885"
> would be entered as
> "Spring 1885 || Abt. April 1885"
> Existing irregular dates would not be effected nor would the current use of
> the Sort Date.
This essentially mimics what I have been proposing for a long time, 3 date fields:
1) a date field for display
2) a date field for calculations
3) a date field for sorting
It seems to me you combined #1 and #2 into one field. I think it's simpler all around to create a separate field. With reasonable data entry defaults, the data entry could be almost as efficient as today.
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