MoDementia wrote:Although I think the example from catraxx is the correct way to enter multiple entries into 1 field (user needs no knowledge of the seperator) and allows the lookup function to operate on all artists, not just the first one, the ease with which you can currently copy/paste and edit a single line is not something many users would like to sacrifice?
This is not something I'd miss much, personally, as I don't use the program that way. The only copy/pasting I do tends to be from Album Title to Track Title as I listen to a lot of mixes where there is only one track (more or less), so the track gets the same name as the album. I use auto-complete for people. How do you use copy/paste in this example?
If the option for both single line and structured multi line editing were available everyone would be happy
Perhaps there could be an extra field below the area where one enters artists that shows what the parsed multiple values will look like. You'd still have your copy/paste area readily accessible (assuming you don't want to paste it into another artist type field) and we'd forgo the pop-up box (not a fan of that; it's another level I need to access before I can start editing). This display field might not need to be editable but the text should definitely be selectable. I'm afraid that the program might have a difficult time discerning multiple artists if you edit the parsed, single-line field but then I'm no programmer so maybe it's possible. Of course, if that line were editable, the program will have to translate the entered text correctly to the multi-field area. We don't want to edit stuff twice nor constantly double-check that the program "gets it right" in both places. Ultimately, I think having MM try to guess what each individual artist is, is a bad idea. But who knows? Maybe there's more magic in the monkey than we dreamed.
Edit: jiri posted while I was composing. I guess if it works the way I am comfortable with, and the option is there to enter one artist per field with configurable indicators (, (comma), &, feat., vs., presents, with, etc.), I'm fine with that. However, using Involved People for that sounds a little cumbersome. Ideally, I want to edit the artist(s) in one place and once only. I don't want to use different methods in different places. Probably I'm just not understanding what you're describing (I'm easily confused!) but I have faith that you'll come up with an acceptable solution!