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Data Entry

All the field types in Off-line ( dedicated) Data-Entry terminals are available. Using the shift key enables keying alpha in numeric , and numeric in alpha fields. The previous record is always shown on screen. On line help at all times. Complete manual in zip file .

Verification

Re-key verification is provided . It is faster and more reliable than sight checking . Fields not to be re-keyed are set to be skipped in the format line.

Keyboard

Yet another reason , why you cannot live without SPEEDATA. A single keystroke configures it to be suitable for operators with UPTRON / HCL / IBM PC experience . UPTRON means embedded ( numeric in the alpha section to minimise hand movement ) keyboard , HCL uses the numeric keypad but with numbers reversed.

Duplication
Options

Using the right arrow key you can duplicate character by character. Setting 'D'or 'L' in the format causes the field to be auto duplicated. Press the manual Duplicate key ( '7' ) if repeated fields appear sometimes. In an alpha field press the END key to duplicate to the next space . Use F2 to F12 key to store repeatedly occurring sets of letters - like bank names , cities etc.

Formats and
Multiformats

Complex jobs are easily done in SPEEDATA . Multiformat files can have up to 10 formats . Options for linking formats are CIRCLE , CHAIN , MB ( Multi Buffer). Formats can be edited using a Text Editor . They can be modified , added, deleted ,inserted or copied . All formats are kept in a single file. Remember Multiformats in a single file are not even possible in ANY Xbase package even when it is the most straight forward way to solve a problem.

Unique Features

These facilities are not available in the usual Xbase packages or are difficult to program.
  1. Both the data line and the format line are shown at the same time. Press ALT-F1 and you are on the format line . Change a single character in the format and the entire field changes, e.g. from manual to duplicate. A lifesaver when working out the most efficient format for a new job . This change is NOT permanent.
  2. Re-entering the same phrase or data repeatedly ? Store it in memory using ALT-= ( then F2 to F12 can be used as 11 memory keys). ONLINE HELP is available at all times .
  3. Operator statistics - Records per hour / keystrokes per hour are shown on screen . Helps to calculate the time required for a particular job.

SPEEDATA
Files

Single record length maximum is 312 characters( look for longer record version soon . Up to 10 formats maybe made and chained . The SDF (standard data format ) files are easily transported to XBASE , 123 , EXCEL or a text editor. They are in a format COBOL expects.

What's
Missing

Intensive validation and table lookups. We assume that in a professional set-up these could have standalone programs for themselves . Putting them in a Data Entry Software requires a Programmer to write formats.

Use for : Tax returns , Admissions , Job Applications ,Share Issues, Census etc.. etc.. and see the difference - but not without touch typist operators.
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