Any resources or testing data on quick entry grids vs. form fields?

25 Mar 2008 - 9:45am
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Benjamin Ho
2007

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone can direct me to resources or testing data on comparative testing between quick entry grids and form fields?

I'm thinking that quick entry grids do as they say - allow the user to enter data quickly. What I would like to know is, how much quicker is the data entry in grid form compared with using form fields? And are grids effective only up to a certain point, where if the same fields in a form field appears as a grid and there's a horizontal scroll, is user performance affected?

thanks,
Ben

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27 Mar 2008 - 8:10am
Benjamin Ho
2007

Anyone? So I'm guessing no one has any data on this?

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27 Mar 2008 - 8:25am
Anonymous

> I was wondering if anyone can direct me to resources or testing data on
> comparative testing between quick entry grids and form fields?

Ben,

This seems like quite a generic question for what is probably a very
specific problem. Can you give any more information?

What sort of data are you talking about? To what depth? Is the user's
domain knowledge relevant?

Alex.

27 Mar 2008 - 8:46am
Benjamin Ho
2007

I'm not sure how it can be taken as "generic". It's actually very
specific in terms of interaction performance. Anyone who has actually
done the study should know the metrics instantly.

To rephrase/clarify, the data I'm looking for:

1. Time difference in user data entry rate between form fields and
quick entry grids;

2. The variation in this difference when the grid includes all the
same fields as in the full form, compared to a truncated version (due
to field prioritization);

3. Effects of horizontal scroll in data entry in the grid;

Note that the grid entry is very similar to an Excel spreadsheet
input with the exception that there may be some controls (i.e.
dropdown list) within certain cells.

I find it a very interesting concept and because of this
"nonstandard" behavior, I'm not entirely open to the idea. I'd
like to be convinced something this different really works well and
gives benefits to the users.

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