Allow commas as thousands separator in input

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I often cut and paste dollar amounts (including from EEBA!) that are formatted with a thousands separator and sometimes a currency symbol.

It would be very friendly if EEBA would silently remove the currency symbol and thousands separator in contexts where it is unambiguous, e.g $3,141.59 certainly should be interpreted as 3141.59.
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Ted

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  • looking forward to less red text

Posted 7 years ago

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Steven Tafzil, Employee

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Hi Ted,

Thanks for the input. Just to be clear, are you talking about the webapp?

I've added your comments to our requested feature tracker, thanks for letting us know.
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Ted

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Yes, this is for the webapp. Thanks!
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Ted

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Looks like this working now, thanks!
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Ted

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I take it back, it works in some contexts, not others.

It doesn't work when entering current balance when I start account reconcilation, for example pasting the balance from my bank's website.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Webapp bug: Numeric values with commas truncated.

Entering a new transaction in the webapp, if there is a comma in the input (e.g. 1,024.00), it is silently changed to 1.

There are a couple of posts with variations on the feature request to make the numeric field entries in the webapp more tolerant of currency symbols and thousands separators, 

https://getsatisfaction.com/goodbudget/topics/formatting_errors-3378l
https://getsatisfaction.com/goodbudget/topics/allow_commas_as_thousands_separator_in_input

But this is simply a bug, and one that could easily result in inadvertent incorrect data since there is no warning that the input has been changed from what was entered in the form.

Thanks,
Ted
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Steven Tafzil, Employee

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Hi Ted,

Sorry that there hasn't been movement on this in awhile. You can follow our current roadmap to see what we're working on at https://goodbudget.com/roadmap
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Ted

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I don't see this on your roadmap. I think it is a pretty severe bug (I enter 10,000.00, Goodbudget silently changes it to 0.00.)
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Ping.
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Becky Huang, Official Rep

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Hi Ted,

We've recently addressed this bug by preventing users from being able to save transactions with commas, letters and symbols.

I understand that this isn't exactly what you wanted as it doesn't parse out the extra symbols and allow you to save the transaction, but hope it's helpful in that it no longer silently saves incorrect amounts.

Thanks,
Becky
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Ted

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Great, thank you!
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Jeff Hornsberger

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Are there any plans to handle the comma as Ted originally suggested? This is really my primary usability issue with Goodbudget at this point. Thanks!
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Karisa Russell, Official Rep

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Hi Jeff - Thanks for asking. We currently don't have plans to work on this feature at this time. I'll be happy to let you know if and when this changes. 
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Jeff Hornsberger

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That's too bad. Doesn't seem like it should be too hard to fix. Can I help? I'm a software developer myself. Will work for free...
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Karisa Russell, Official Rep

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Hi Jeff - Thanks so much for the offer! That's definitely something I don't have the authority to say yes or no to. But, I've added your offer to our notes so that the appropriate people can take a look at it if we decide to move forward with this. Thanks again!
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Chris Fischer

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Still waiting and waiting and waiting for this very simple change.  :(
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Chris Fischer

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Debt tracking is more important than usability fixes? Really? Who cares about features if the core product is hard to use.