QUOTE (JonSmith @ May 28 2012, 09:56 AM)
Can you give me some examples of the complaints your production-type Access users please as I'd be interested to hear the downsides, from where I am sitting (which is crucially not a data entry position, hence the desire for more info) I can't see how they would slow them down, if they do enter an invalid key (such as pressing the / in a date) Access just ignores it anyway, its not like they have to click a message box or anything?
Here's one quick example that I can think of, can't say that it's happened to me because, as I said earlier, I also try to avoid using Input Masks (except for "Passwords").
Let's say you have a date field and you decided to use an input mask of, say, "00/00/0000" (sorry if that mask is wrong, like I said, I don't use them), the idea being, you want the user to enter 2-digit month, 2-digit day, and 4-digit year. However, let's say the user needed to input a bunch of records for the today (05/28/2012). If you didn't have an input mask, all they really need to type is something like "5/28." But with the input mask, they would have to hit five extra keys for each record. So, depending on how many records they need to input and how fast they type, the input mask may or may not cause any delay for them.
Just my 2 cents...