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I believe that this is well covered by the Forgiving Format pattern. In a nutshell, it says that various dividers and separators might make it easier for a user to read the number and to double-check that the number is indeed correct, but the input field must be smart enough to also accept it without dividers, or with different types of dividers - dots, ...


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What about something like this? Basically a double range slider where the user sets the boundary between the OK and Warning, and Warning and Critical alerts. The "normal" value is highlighted (popped out) of the usual number range. The user could either drag the little boundary markers or you could make the labels (currently 19, 45, 85, 108) an input field ...



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