|Revision Points: (Full course)
- Candidates are expected to:
- identify the main issues governing design of suitable data capture
Forms are used to capture data.
- Paper based forms are completed by hand and then the data can be
transferred to a computer.
- Computer based forms input the data directly into a computer.
Features of a well designed form:
- Heading - this makes the purpose of the form clear to the person
- Question prompts - these labels make it clear what is to be
entered at each stage.
- Marked response areas - these make it clear where the response is
|Text Boxes - these help to limit the length of the
|Character Boxes - these strictly limit the length of the
|Formatted Character Boxes - these further limit the
|Tick Boxes - these further limit the possible responses
as well as speeding up data entry and making processing easier.
Computer-based screen forms:
All of the above features apply equally to paper and screen forms.
Screen forms can have the following additional features:
- Drop-down list boxes and combo boxes to speed up text
entry and reduce errors.
- Radio buttons where only one option can be selected.
- Tick boxes which can be selected with a single mouse click.
- Control buttons such as RESET FORM, CLEAR FORM, CONFIRM and SAVE
- Validation rules to check the data that is entered is sensible.
- Double-entry boxes with verification rules to check
crucial data such as email addresses are entered correctly.