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Make the period key on the numeric keypad as a comma key

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Postby Djobydjoba » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:16 am

Hi Mark,

In France we use the comma as the decimal separator (and in fact we don't use the period to separate group of thousands). See: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19455-01/80 ... index.html).

In the General Preferences of Fund Manager I've selected the "1.000,00" number format.

On the numeric keypad of the French keyboard (and most European keyboards) we have the dot (del) key, as on the US Keyboard.

Windows as no global option to make behave this dot key of the numeric keypad like a comma. (third party tools exist though)

In fact the behavior depends on the program. For example:
- in Calc.exe, or Excel, the dot key is changed to comma by the program (because of the regional settings of Windows)
- in Word it remains a dot by default (but in OpenOffice a comma)

Not only in France but more broadly in Europe the dot or comma behavior of numeric keypad is a recurrent topic (if you google it)

With the "1.000,00" number format, the data entry efficiency in Fund Manager is penalized. An option to make the period key as a comma key would be useful (or to take into account the regional settings of Windows to make the decision).

Just to illustrate the topic:
https://knowledgebase.progress.com/arti ... ic-Key-Pad

Thanks.
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Postby Mark » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:54 am

Hi Djobydjoba,

Interesting, hadn't heard about this before. Thanks for the idea/feedback. We can give this some thought.
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Postby Djobydjoba » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:27 pm

Mark,

Probably many of your customers abroad with the comma as decimal separator are concerned as I am.

We can't use the numeric keypad to type the decimal separator, we have to go find it on a key just above the space key. Really not efficient. I've done with that for years, and now I wonder why I haven't feedbacked that before...


I've found a similar request, well explained, on the Google Docs Help Forum.
https://productforums.google.com/forum/ ... 3iqwvS-kzk

The proposal in there is relevant, and could be applied to Fund Manager:

1- If the input is the locale separator (ex: the comma), leave it unchanged
2- If the input is a dot from numeric keypad, change it to locale separator
3- If the input is a dot, but NOT from numeric keypad, leave it unchanged
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Postby Mark » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:48 am

Hi Djobydjoba,

Okay, thanks for the information/help. It seems like someone would sell a keypad for these markets that replaces that period key with a comma key, as that is for entering numbers.
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