Period/Duration display format

9 Jul 2007 - 5:19am
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Suresh JV
2004

Hi,

I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report. (apart
from DHMS format).
What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I prefer the
second option.

Duration Since Login
1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
4. 00d 00h 06m 33s

Suresh JV.
http://cre8tvt.blogspot.com/
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9 Jul 2007 - 9:58am
Michael Micheletti
2006

Hi Suresh,

I'm using this in the activity log of a radio dispatch console:
03s
1m 47s

Minutes are the largest unit we need to display. If less than 60 seconds you
don't see the minutes entry. The seconds line up. We do a leading zero on
seconds out of convention. Don't know if this will work as well in a report
as it does on screen though.

Michael Micheletti

On 7/9/07, Suresh JV <cre8tvt at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report. (apart
> from DHMS format).
> What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I prefer the
> second option.
>
> Duration Since Login
> 1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
> 2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
> 3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
> 4. 00d 00h 06m 33s
>
>

9 Jul 2007 - 10:48am
.pauric
2006

My suggestion is to make it fully 'human' readable

On our boxes I display as:
System Up Time:0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 48 seconds

http://web.mac.com/pauric_ocallaghan/sys_info.png

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9 Jul 2007 - 12:18pm
Will Parker
2007

On Jul 9, 2007, at 3:19 AM, Suresh JV wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report.
> (apart
> from DHMS format).
> What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I
> prefer the
> second option.
>
> Duration Since Login
> 1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
> 2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
> 3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
> 4. 00d 00h 06m 33s

Suresh:

You need to be a bit more specific about the layout and use of the
report.

Your wording "a...column" indicates it might be a spreadsheet-style
layout. If that's the case, will the duration column contain several
rows? How much horizontal space (in characters) is available?

Perhaps more importantly, how much precision is actually required for
the reader to understand the relative standing of an individual
record versus the rest? Do we need minutes or seconds? Would it be
more useful to convert to decimal time (e.g.10.5 hours instead of 10h
30m)?

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

“I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If
that were the case, then Microsoft would have great products.” -
Steve Jobs

9 Jul 2007 - 12:30pm
Bill Fernandez
2007

At 3:49 PM +0530 7/9/07, Suresh JV wrote:
>Hi,
>
>I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report. (apart
>from DHMS format).
>What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I prefer the
>second option.
>
>Duration Since Login
>1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
>2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
>3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
>4. 00d 00h 06m 33s

Suresh--

I use the second format, but I put spaces between each value (03d 00h
08m 50s) to make them easily readable.

--Bill

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9 Jul 2007 - 5:42pm
bminihan
2007

Another question would be, is it a printed report or primarily online. The
answer might suggest alternatives for the "level of detail" question. For
applications in our portal, we would select the most likely level of detail
that users need for the report (for Login, I would assume 4d 10h 31m) and if
you open a detail or child record, you might get the seconds.
Alternatively, display the full "time" in a title attribute, if this is HTML
and your primary users have browsers which display titles as "tooltips".

I also like the suggestion of a decimal format, if you're primarily trying
to communicate "distance from now" and your users aren't truly looking for
second-precision.

Regarding format, I understand that leading zeros (04d) make the columns
line up nicely, but they make a long column of durations more difficult to
read (too much noise). You may be able to drop the zeros by lining your
columns up manually, so to speak.

Then again, why not just ask some users what they prefer? Maybe they just
want "days".

Bryan

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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Period/Duration display format

Hi,

I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report. (apart
from DHMS format).
What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I prefer the
second option.

Duration Since Login
1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
4. 00d 00h 06m 33s

Suresh JV.
http://cre8tvt.blogspot.com/
-----------------------------------------------
Logic takes you from A to B.
Creativity takes you everywhere.
-----------------------------------------------
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10 Jul 2007 - 1:01am
cfmdesigns
2004

Adding to what others said:

* How "human readable" does it need to be? If these are your
suggestions, I would term that "human decipherable" rather than
actual "readable". It's only "readable" to people used to reading
the exact format.

* Are all the fields truly needed? Once you're into the realm of
days, nobody cares about minutes and seconds, and after a few days,
no one cares about hours, either. (Usually. There may be
exceptions.) Just because the data is available to a fine level of
detail doesn't mean that there is value in showing it; in fact, you
may even hamper understanding by giving more info where it isn't of
use, confusing things.

-- Jim

On Jul 9, 2007, at 3:19 AM, Suresh JV wrote:

> I need to display duration as a human readable column in a report.
> (apart
> from DHMS format).
> What would be a better format. Any suggestions... Right now I
> prefer the
> second option.
>
> Duration Since Login
> 1. 03 Days 03d00h08m50s
> 2. 04d 05:31:33 04d05h31m33s
> 3. - 00:06:33 00d00h06m33s
> 4. 00d 00h 06m 33s

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