Question Display Area
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The question display area, shown below, shows the questions (and sections) in the currently selected section of your questionnaire. The question/section name is displayed along with the question/section type and question data destination or section mode

Icons used

indicates a mandatory question.

indicates an optional question.

indicates an optional directed section.

indicates an optional random section.

indicates an optional form.

indicates a mandatory directed section.

indicates a mandatory random section.

indicates a mandatory form.

indicates no more questions. You can insert questions above this line.


Notice that red indicates mandatory and green indicates optional.

Question Number

PocketSurvey generates question numbers automatically as the design is created. They are used for reference purposes. Strictly speaking the number shown is a statement number, because you can intersperse sections between questions.


Although you can insert sections in between lists of questions, you might find it clearer to structure your questionnaire with more sections.

Question Prompt

Tells the handheld user the nature of the question when answering that question on site. It is an indication as to what information is required in the answer to the question.

Data Names

In addition to giving each of your questions prompt text, you may optionally define a data name. This data name (if defined) will be used as the field name in the data tables produced by your questionnaire. If you do not define a data name then the question prompt will be used instead.

Question Type

Questions can be any of the following types:

For more a detailed description of question types, see "Chapter 14: Questions in Detail".

Advanced Features

The advanced question types of lookup, calculation, link and conditional jumps are only available if you have purchased an enterprise or advanced license for PocketSurvey.

Question Data Destination or Section Mode

Defines whether the answer to a particular question will be inserted into the Parent or the Child output data file, or not at all. For more information about data destinations, see "Chapter 3 -- Terminology & Concepts".

One-off information should generally be directed to the parent file, e.g. general details about a house being surveyed. The default name for this data file is single item.

Repetitive information that requires the same question to be asked more than once should be directed to the Child data file, e.g. specific details about each room in a house being surveyed. The default name for this data file is multiple items.


Questions such as jumps or menu questions that, simply direct the user to another question, do not need to capture data and therefore should have a data destination of none

Questions with Parent, Child and None destinations can be mixed freely throughout a questionnaire but when the data is received back to the PC, it will automatically be organised into Parent and Child data files.


If a question with a Parent data destination is answered more than once during a survey (random sections allow this), then only the most recent answer will be saved.

If multiple answers to a question are required the data destination should be set to Child.

Field sizes

Because the field sizes of certain statement types, i.e. external database lookups and calculated fields, are not known beforehand, a maximum of 64k bytes is assumed. Make sure that any external lookup tables conform to this restriction.


The answer to each question in your survey is saved as a variable, which may be referred to later, e.g. as part of a calculation, as the condition of a jump, as a search criterion in a lookup etc.

Menus and lists

Menus may be populated statically at design time by typing and entering each item into the list or dynamically, by using a list variable. Preceding the menu question with a lookup statement may produce such a list variable.

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