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TkScore User's Guide

Data Entry - Finals

Once the rings have been defined, the Finals button on the main window will be enabled. When you click on the Finals button, it will pop up a cascading menu that will allow you to select the show and class that you want to edit:

The Finals window is arranged like a standard TICA finals page; the finals are arranged in columns. You can use the Tab key to move from one field to the next.

If the number of finals doesn't correspond to the number of cats competing in a ring, the program will print a warning in the window at the bottom. Occasionally, a judge may withhold a final award; you should ignore the warning message in that case.

If the same entry appears more than once in finals in a ring, that will be reported as an error in the window at the bottom. That message should not be ignored.

At the bottom of the Finals window, the Prev button will take you to the previous finals page, the Next button will take you to the next finals page and the Done button will simply close the window.

You can have as many Finals windows open at the same time as you wish. If you have a catalog that doesn't use the standard TICA finals pages and the finals are in a different order, you may find it convenient to open several Finals windows and go from one window to another as you enter the finals. In most cases, however, it is less confusing to have only one Finals page open at a time.

Mechanical Errors

The TkScore program will not catch all mechanical errors, by any means, but you may catch some obvious ones while entering the data. The three most common errors that you will find are:
  1. Same number appears twice in a final.
  2. Cat appears in a final, but was absent in that ring (or all rings).
  3. Cat appears in a final, but not listed in the catalog.

Some errors are not detectable until the breeds are known. After entering the names and breeds of the cats that made finals, you can go back to the finals pages to see if any new errors have appeared. The errors that TkScore may report are:

  1. A longhair breed appears in a shorthair specialty final, or vice-versa.
  2. A new breed (ANB or PNB) appears in a championship final.

If you find that the marked catalog has an error, you should not publish the report until you get the correct information. There are several ways to do that:

Save Your Work

At any point while entering the finals, you can select File->Save on the TkScore main window menubar to save the TkScore data base. You don't have to close the finals window(s) to save the data.

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14 July 2012