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 08 December 2013 12:12 PM
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jcm256

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Computer brains Please
The field must be a number.
What is this?
Trying to make payment over the internet, different combinations' do not work.
Keeps saying, "The field must be a number"

Sorry for being computer Illiterate
Thanks.
 08 December 2013 12:18 PM
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Zuiko

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it means that the box you are typing into must contain a number...

If you are doing so, it may be that the web site is incompatible with your browser. It goes without saying that Microsoft browsers are generally broken and such errors are common.

Try Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
 08 December 2013 09:57 PM
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ectophile

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Field = a box on an entry form that you should type something into.
Number = No letters, punctuation or other stuff that isn't a number.

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 13 December 2013 02:33 PM
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kengreen

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oh,

But, if that is what it means, then why in the name of Hades do not the feather pluckers say so?

Ken Green
 14 December 2013 01:23 AM
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ectophile

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The chances are the code that validated the fields in the form was just cut-and-pasted from somewhere else, and just gives a generic error message.

It's good practice when designing software to produce error messages that are meaningful to the user, and inform the user what they need to do to fix the problem. However, doing that is an extremely long and tedious process. There are myriad ways in which a user can foul up the system, and many more ways in which a flaky computer can fail unexpectedly. So, often as not, you just get a terse message that meant something to the person who programmed it.

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 14 December 2013 06:52 AM
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g3xoi

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If it is a date or telephone number then no spaces, forward slashes or hyphens.

Not that it should be picky.

Way back, when word processors first came in, we had secretaries used to OLD typewriters which used Capital O for zero and lower case l for figure one.

We programmed the input as "Text" and then did a search and replace, 0 for O and 1 for l.

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 14 December 2013 09:06 AM
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hjeff045

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It means that you should only enter the number(0-9) in the box.

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 14 December 2013 12:42 PM
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kengreen

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ectophile has placed his finger exactly on the button!

A message which means something only to the originator is not a message at all. A difficult point to ram home in breaking in a new technical writer is that any terms which you introduce must be clearly delineated - too often this requires the writer to find out EXACTLY what he/she does mean.

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 13 January 2014 10:38 AM
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edwinjarvis

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