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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Display of right-arrow next to Date of Birth in clien

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Display of right-arrow next to Date of Birth in client
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:49:29 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Fri, Feb 07, 2014 at 07:33:36PM +0000, Jim Busser wrote:

> The arrows serve the function of communicating time leading
> up to (or following) a birthday, and by extension whether or
> not the person has already had, or remains
> to have, their birthday during the current calendar year

Only the latter. The actual interval is included with the tooltip.

> A right-arrow of a live patient, next to a date of
> birth, could as easily intend to communicate in the case
> of live patient that "the patient's age is growing".

That would mean communicating information
that's entirely self-evident without any
further computation.

> A left-arrow to the right of the date of birth could
> mean "there is something questionable or wrong about
> that birthdate"

Sure it could. But wouldn't a "?" (or even "!")
be more appropriate ?

> or "the age shown as right is based
> upon the birthdate shown at left".

Really ?  Communicating self-evident information ?

At the very least *that* arrow would point *right* (from
DOB to age), no ?  Also, there wouldn't be any "stop"
between DOB and age -- which there is: a "(".

> My suggestions are therefore:
> 1) If the purpose of the arrow was to help communicate
> whether or not the patient has yet to have their
> birthday within the current calendar year,


> then incorporate this into the displayed
>       (age)
> for example a patient whose birthday was January 3, 1931 is
> currently (83 y 1 m) while Spock, whose birthday is not until
> March 25th, is currently (82y 10m) however both will, by the
> end of this year, have had their
> 83rd birthday. Accordingly these could be shown as
>       (83y 1m [83]) 
>       (82y 10m [83])
> meaning both "have their 83rd birthday this year".

Hm, this requires the user to compute: left < right or right > left ?

> 2) Collapse the use of the currently-ambiguous right *or* left arrows by 
> using the pair of arrows together, thusly
>               → 07 Feb 1957 ←
> to make clearer that attention is being focussed
> on the date itself and show this only during the
> birthday-signalling interval of interest. as set
> in the GUI "birthday preference" …

That bit is already communicated.

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