This March, Wildlife Rehabilitation MD had a booth at the NWRA (National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association) symposium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The booth was sponsored by and shared with our wonderful friends at Bird Ally X (http://birdallyx.blogspot.com/). As soon as we set-up our new banners and spread out flyers and cards on the table, we were swamped. From the time the symposium began to the time we took everything down we were talking to someone.
We had a wonderful mixture of people who had never heard of WRMD and were excited to get started, to meeting users of WRMD that we have only communicated with via email. We finally got to meet with them face to face, which was wonderful. From 9-5 for the rest of the week we had the booth maned by someone. We spent hours talking to current users about their experience, ways to better the system and make improvements. The rest of the time talking people through how to get started and if the database would work for them.
Past conferences and symposiums we have attended we either had a presentation or either a presentation or booth. I think in the future we will try to have a booth and a presentation. The presentation is nice because we can show the system off and talk through ways to use it, but you can’t get that one on one time that the booth allows.
My favorite part of the whole symposium was meeting all of the users and getting to know them and their needs. There were a few special people that made sure all their friends came by to talk to us. I felt like we had our own set of groupies. Those individuals left the conference with a free WRMD tee shirt, for being awesome.
I do not think that most people understand what we mean by autocomplete and how valuable this extension can be. Not only will this extension save you valuable time and grief from misspellings but also allows for better data entry for later searches.
About the Autocomplete Extension
Autocomplete enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of values as they type, leveraging searching and filtering.
Autocomplete can be added on to almost any text input field. It should be used in a field where the same content is often entered. For example, in the keywords field on the initial care page you might enter in “cat caught” frequently. To simplify entering in this information you could designate keywords as an autocomplete field add give it the value “cat caught”. You could also designate other keywords such as “dog caught, hit window, hit by car, poison, etc…” Then, the next time you start typing in the keywords field, a list of potential keywords matching your text will drop down.
Some other popular common fields to use this extension for are the rescuer city, city found, prescription, enclosure and nature of injury.
How to use the Autocomplete Extension
When the Autocomplete extension is activated it will appear on the far left sidebar. Select Autocomplete settings. To add a new autocomplete, first select the input field you want, then write in a comma separated list of values you want to be used for that autocomplete. If you want the user to be able to select more than one value, choose Yes for “Multiple values?” then hit “Update autocomplete settings” to save.
By default only one value can be used when typing in a field, however you can allow fields to use multiple values by select that setting in the autocomplete settings. An animal only is found in one city but could have hit a window and be cat caught.
As you can see right before your eyes, we’ve just released a brand new re-branded Wildlife Rehabilitation MD website, which we’ve been working hard on for the last couple months. It’s much more than a (badly needed) redesign; it’s also a re-organization of the important information such as the Wildlife Rehabilitation MD’s features and a new help section with a growing library of help articles. We’ve also added a new section highlighting all of Wildlife Rehabilitation MD’s Extensions and a new page showing which annual reports Wildlife Rehabilitation MD can currently create.
This re-branding also includes simplified log in and registration pages. The previous log in and registration pages were much to busy and complicated for something as ordinary as “walking through the front door”.
The new brand and layouts were designed by the lovely and talented Eugénie Riberi. Without her, this badly needed upgrade probably would not have been possible (or at least would have taken a lot longer to get done). Eugénie is not only volunteering her time with Wildlife Rehabilitation MD, but she is also a wildlife rehabilitator! She is a volunteer and past intern at Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Thank You Eugénie!
Since we’re also human, we couldn’t quite get everything done on time, and we’ll be continuing to update a few things over the next few weeks. If you have feedback or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!