[WT-support] First use and IOTA
Laurent HAAS - F6FVY
f6fvy at free.fr
Tue Jun 26 11:51:20 CEST 2007
Jim Martin a écrit :
> 1. Allow an IOTA reference to be entered in the call field and show the
> mult status in the 'Check multiplier' window.
As I said in a previous post, you can use the Shift-F10 key sequence for
this. It was a CT feature for the CQWW zones and we extended for most of
the contest which involve "zones" (or states, provinces, etc.). We do
not intend to modify this behaviour.
> 2. IOTA log field. Populate the continent (eg EU, AS) automatically from
> the entered callsign and have the cursor move to the numeric entry point for
> the IOTA reference.
Once more, we kept the default behaviour of Win-Test and do not intend
to modify it. It means that if a default exchange is found (in the
database or in the log), it is displayed, and the cursor will be moved
to its first character. And we will not populate with the continent by
default because there are (many) cases where you will work non-island
> 3. IOTA log field. Limit the data entry to (AN, AF, AS, EU, NA, SA, AN, OC)
> for the first two characters and numerics only for the others. It is very
> easy in the heat of contesting to type the wrong characters. Where possible
> I believe the logging software should highlight this to the operator.
Sri for being so "negative" again, but our philosophy is to *never*
prevent the op. to log what he wants, assuming he enters the mandatory
data, and never block him. Except the callsign field, which has a
minimal check (having alphanumeric chars or "/" only, with one digit at
least), we choosed to never restrict data entry. This is the
responsability of the op. to enter correct data. But, if an unknown IOTA
is entered (because of a typo or an unknown island reference) a "?" char
will be displayed in the flags section at the end of the QSO line. This
is much more effective if you entered wrong data, rather than "blocking"
your entry : One of your collegue can focus on what is wrong and fix the
typo, while you're still focused on the pile-up. "Minimal fuss for the
runner" is the motto.
Larry - F6FVY
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