That’s fair enough - then it’s up to the user to get it right.[quote=“G8TMV, post:3, topic:14721”]
NO, decimal numbers only have one decimal point. What you are suggesting is like the American senator who suggested that because Pi was so difficult they should pass a law to make it equal to 3.
Colin, you’re way off the mark - we’re talking here about how a program should handle strings of characters entered by users of a spotting utility. It’s simply a truism that users will, and do, occasionally commit typing errors, and a program written to handle user-inputs should therefore be robust enough to be able to cope effectively with badly-formatted entries - i.e. to analyze the strings to some degree and to try to cope with the most common, less egregious, of such errors. Or, as Andy has said, to simply reject badly-formatted entries: either strategy will result in less errors committed to a database, meaning that fewer such errors will be displayed later. This is all, as our US colleagues might put it, “Programming 101” - programming for beginners.