Entering multiple values using code in a single field
22 Nov 2013 - 12:01am
15 weeks ago
I work in transport incident management and the idea occurred to me that, when creating an incident, instead of tabbing through fields and completing values (either using the dropdown arrow or keyboard) operators could enter all information into a single field using simple recognised codes and separating the codes with a space.
acapri eb tg sl12 mhr
Acacia Ave/Princes Hwy intersection eastbound - truck into guardrail - shoulder and lanes 1 and 2 - estimated clearance time more than 1 hour.
The codes would not have to be entered into a particular order.
When finished, the operator would press Enter, a form would appear with all the data for confirmation. If, for example, acapri could represent more than one intersection the form would supply a dropdown with the various possibilities to choose from. I imagine a major problem might be system response time although it is only the location area which holds many possible values - all other fields have a very limited number of values in which case perhaps location could be completed separately and everything else in one field. I feel it may also be slightly more cognitively demanding and would not appeal to some operators.
What do people think if this idea and are there any examples?