Extension of the Month: Autocomplete

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.

Autocomplete Settings

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.

Extension of the Month: Quick Admit

Wildlife Rehabilitation MD has many ways to extend it’s program. We sometimes add new extensions from our users great ideas. In order to publicize these extensions we are going to start promoting an Extension of the Month. Every month we are going to spotlight an extension and discuss it.

If you are unfamiliar with our extensions or how to use them, go watch the Extending Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Tutorial video.

It seems only natural for this months extension to be Quick Admit. In order to get all of this years records in by the end of the year, this extension will make it quicker and less painful.

About the Quick Admit Extension

Use this extension to quickly admit a case into your database. The only required fields are the species, number of patients to admit and the disposition. After the record is created, you will still need to fill in any required fields when updating the record.

Screen Shot

How to Use the Quick Admit Extension

  1. After activating this extension a link titled “Quick Admit” can be found at the top of the New Record screen.
  2. Once on the Quick Admit screen you will see a much smaller version of the New Record form.
  3. Use this new form to quickly add records to your database.
  4. You must identify the species and the number of individuals that are being admitted.
  5. By default the current date and time will be used as the date admitted and date found. You may adjust these as needed.
  6. You may optionally fill in the Observations and What fed fields as needed.

Screen ShotNote: If you are in a really big hurry and need to create a record pronto, then you can simply go to the Quick Admit screen and immediately press Create Record(s). This will create one record with a species of unknown and set the date admitted and date found to the current date. Then, at a time that is more convenient to you, you can update the species and dates as needed.