data entry tool

Kent Johnson kent at
Wed May 10 17:15:38 CEST 2006

Peter wrote:
> This post seeks advice on whether python would be appropriate for a task, or
> whether you can suggest another approach.
> The project is to transcribe historical records such as schools admissions,
> ship passenger lists, birth/death/marriages, etc for genealogy studies. 
> What we need is a simple software tool that will give the user a form set
> out like the page being transcribed, do some simple validation and put the
> data in a file (can be fixed field length plain text).  Data files from
> volunteers will be compiled into a master database.
> This software tool needs to work on a variety of different computers; Win95,
> Win98, WinXP, Mac, Linux.

Take a look at Tkinter, it is pretty easy to get started with and good 
for making simple GUIs. Look at the csv module for writing the data to 


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