On 11/3/06, Mike Cunningham <MCUNNING@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Our application is used by 2,000 people to request time off. The
negative comes into use when they need to cancel taking a day off that
has already been approved (I know, not the best way to do this but our
accounting office controls our leave system and they like debits and
credits). Most of these people might use only this application and
nothing else other than a few lookup only apps

As an aside, you might politely remind Accounting that while they are in the
business of keeping track of such things, you are in the business of making

One thought is to have two input fields .. one for DAYS REQUESTED, and
another for DAYS CANCELLED.  You can edit to make sure that the fields are
mutually exclusive.  You can also edit the cancelled field to make sure they
actually have hours requested on the date in question.

Another thought is to have an F key to pull up previously approved requests,
and provide the ability to cancel the request.  You may or may not want to
give the ability to modify requests; procedurally they may prefer delete and
re-request to modify.

You should be able to give Accounting screens or reports that show the
"debits and credits" regardless of what the user screens look like.

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