I can create an input control to get a number using a slider or stars. But entering a precise number is difficult on the slider. And picking stars has too small a range.
I could use a select control and type the possible numbers, but that has a fixed range and I have to convert the data type from text to numeric.
I could use a text control to let users type a number, but then I have to do data validation for invalid values and also convert data types.
I’d like a numeric input control that is fairly narrow (unlike a slider or stars), about the width of the number entered. I could set the range and step using formulas. The user could type a number, use a drop-down, or little up/down arrows to enter the number.
Two use cases I have encountered recently:
I built a set of controls for filtering data in a table. One of those filtering controls needs a number. For example, only show rows where a particular column is greater than a particular number.
I built a quiz doc and the user specifies the number of questions to be asked with a number. (I am currently using a slider, but I would much prefer the type of control I am requesting.)
I am sure there are plenty of other use cases.