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From: Gordon Banks <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] Age calculator & irregular dates
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 10:54:01 -0700
References: <NDBBJJMPJKPBEPNBFPGAOEHKNDAA.John@JohnCardinal.com>
In-Reply-To: <NDBBJJMPJKPBEPNBFPGAOEHKNDAA.John@JohnCardinal.com>


I'd prefer that solution.

On Sat, 2004-10-09 at 17:07, John Cardinal wrote:
> 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.
>
> Robin,
>
> 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.
>
> John
>
>
>
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