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Users who wish to regularly enter data into the Encyclopedia may find it tedious to enter one by one all the staff, cast and companies for an anime. For this reason, there is the possibility of activating a multi-input mode. With this, you can add multiple informations at the same time by entering data in a textbox using a special format. We suggest you only activate this mode if you have already entered a few informations the regular way. There is no risk in testing this feature since the data is not added right away.
When you add information, you'll be faced with a simple textbox instead of the regular input fields. In order to use the multi-input mode, you will have to enter information in that textbox using one of the following formats:
The basic format for a staff member is either "task : name (precision)" or "task < name (precision)" or "name > task (precision)". The precision is optional. The format for the name is either "given name familyname" or "family name, given name". Note that in the first case, the family name must not contain any spaces. If the name is not specified, the line will be ignored but the task will be remembered as "last specified task". If there is no separator on a line (":" or "<" or ">") it is assumed the line only contains a name and precision. If the task is not specified, the last specified task is used instead.
|ADR Script: Eric P. Sherman||Producer < Sherman, Eric P.|
Eric P. Sherman
Sherman, Eric P. (ep 2)
The basic format for a cast member is either "role : name (precision)" or "role < name (precision)" or "name > role (precision)". The precision is optional. As for staff, the format for the name is either "given name familyname" or "family name, given name". Again, in the first case, the family name must not contain any spaces. If there is no separator on a line (":" or "<" or ">") it is assumed the line only contains a name. If the role is not specified, it is simply considered an unlisted role (i.e. additional voices). If the name is not specified, the last specified name is used instead. You can add * (one star) to the role for a secondary character or ** (two stars) for a primary character.
|R. Martin Klein||Klein, R. Martin > Gomamon (season 1)|
|Mallanox : R. Martin Klein||Flint Hammerhead** < Klein, R. Martin|
The basic format for a company is the same as for a staff member, except that the name does not need to follow any format. Note that the task "Licensed by" is a special case that can only be added by ANN staff members.
San Ho Studios
|E.G. Films > Animation Production||Backgrounds:
Once you have entered the data following one of these formats, clicking on "Verify informations" will bring up the standard input page, except with all the informations you have entered instead of just one. It is then up to you to verify each information, making sure the list you entered has been correctly parsed into given names, family names, tasks, roles, precisions. You must also deal with each warning or error message for each information. To make it easier, we recommend adding no more than 20-30 items at a time.
So what's the catch?
The multi-input mode makes it very easy to take a big list and cut-n-paste it into the textbox. This is both its strength and weakness as it makes data input much faster but it also makes it much easier for mistakes to creep into the Encyclopedia. So if you use this mode, we urge you to use extra caution and check that every item you enter hasn't already been added with a slightly different variation. For example, you might try to add "Animator: Shinichi Yamada" for an anime that already has "In-Between Animation: Shin'ichi Yamada". This would not result in a warning message, so be aware that automated messages are no substitute for human thought.