Taalia wrote:We use band, with attendance at each boss posted into a chat channel. It is then exported as csv, and put through text processing to load into Guildlaunch. And I do mean each boss - we give points for 4 star placeholders on DL on up, to reward the timer keepers. This makes for a huge volume of text.
The tricky part of the text processing is identifying characters from misspelled words (there are lots) and ambiguous names. You wouldn’t believe how common the words “dark”,”death”, “shadow” and “arrows” are.
We looked into screenshots and image processing. There are some very good, free, OCR web services available. But we already had a culture of attendance taking by hand, and so stuck with text processing. Also - attendance taking by hand is more precise than screenshots which just pick up everyone in the area, or the group, or the clan, none of which actually defines those in attendance.
The thing with creating a program to parse your text is that you can just create a bunch of conditionals that check for the different variations in the name so you don't need to write out the full names.