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

From: Busser, Jim
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Display of right-arrow next to Date of Birth in client
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:23:49 +0000

On 2014-02-08, at 2:14 PM, Jim Busser <address@hidden> wrote:

> 1. I find the distraction of arrows which signal "are we before, or after, 
> the birthdate" to outweigh their informational value.
>       --> Can it be made possible to "turn them off"?

I might be wrong, but I am interpreting the non-response to the thread 
(partially) as reluctance to drop the arrows.

I do concede a downside to the alternative

        [age at Dec 31]

and so if we would persist to find an optimal use for the arrows, can we 
relocate them into the "age"?

After all, arrows relate more to the impact of date of birth on "age at 
December 31" than they do on the date of birth itself and so how about, if 
instead of

        04 Jan 1998 ← (16y 1m)

we do one of

        04 Jan 1998 (16y ← 1m)
        04 Jan 1998 (16y 1m ←)

or even omit the above arrow as "implied" or express it instead as

        04 Jan 1998 (16y + 1m)

meaning that they did already this year attain 16 years and are now adding 
months to their age-this-year of 16, whereas in the case of a birthday yet to 
occur this year,

        04 Mar 1998 (→ 15y 11m)

the arrow is here better-connected to imply the forward (left to right) passage 
of time, such that the quantity

        → 15y 11m

will become 16 later in the current calendar year. On their birthday next 
month, their age could be shown


and then

        16y + 1m

which is, I think, better. A person born January 1st 1998, instead of being 
displayed 364 days of the year as

        01 Jan 1998 ← (16y …m)

could be more simply shown as

        01 Jan 1998 (16y + …m)

-- Jim

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