While I'm sorting through the receipts from this year's travels, one thing really annoys me: the terrible formatting of receipts.

A receipt essentially has only three interesting pieces of information:
  • What
  • When
  • How much
If I can't find the "when" and "how much" in under a second, the person doing the receipt layout has failed.

Usually, the hardest piece of information to locate is the when. Our inability to express times and dates has always amazed me.  I can't think of any single piece of common data that incurs more processing cost and errors than dates and times.

Why does anything related to accounting have to be so badly designed?  Is this stupidity or laziness?

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