Questionnaire | Options
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The Questionnaire | Options menu option and toolbar button, shown below, displays the questionnaire design options screen. These global options are fundamental to any questionnaire design and should be reviewed when you first start to design a new questionnaire.

Questionnaire Options Screen

The questionnaire design options, described in detail below, set some overall settings, and define how any subsequently collected results are identified and referenced.

Data File Names

PocketSurvey lets you specify one of two data file destinations for the answer to an individual question. The terms used for these two possible data destinations are 'parent' and the 'child'.

In this screen you can choose the actual names for the parent and child data files, e.g. 'father' and 'son', 'house' and 'rooms', or 'plot and 'house'.

For more information on how data is structured and stored in PocketSurvey, see "Chapter 3: Terminology & Concepts -- Questions and Collected Data".

Data Field Headings

These set the names that appear in the column headings above the question and answer fields of the child destination table. See Field names as 1st record below.

Runtime options

Retain common answers

If this switch is on then the latest answers given to questions in the common section will be retained. This means that the next main question that uses the common section will inherit the previous set of answers. Its main use is as a labour saving device for certain types of survey where common answers are expected to be largely similar for all main questions.

This switch is rarely used as it can produce unwanted results.

ALL child answers single instance

This is normally off. However, some types of survey require that that there is only ever one occurrence of each child answer. Setting this switch on will ensure that, even though a child question may be answered more than once, only the last answer given will be saved.

Confirm any cloning

If the Allow answer cloning switch is on in Question 0, then setting this switch will cause PocketSurvey to prompt the user to confirm that they have chosen the correct clone source when starting a new survey.

Receive Options

Field names as 1st record

This affects the way that data is received from the handheld computer. Tick this option to force the inclusion of header records into the output data files. The data files received from the handheld or simulator will then be preceded by a row containing the PocketSurvey question texts separated by commas.

You would use this option to allow a database system to correlate the results of individual questions to database fields of that name when they are not necessarily in the same order as the original PocketSurvey questions.

The decision on whether to check this box depends on how you will import data into your database or spreadsheet program. Some databases can use names in the first row of import files to direct the data in that position on the following rows to fields with the same name in the database. This makes for more sophisticated handling of the data than just reading the fields sequentially into the fields of the database. Similarly, some databases and spreadsheets can use this information to name fields or column parents when auto-creating a new table from the incoming data.

If you are using PS Data Manager or PS Data Doctor to manage your data then this switch must be on.

Menu Free Text Settings

Menu questions may, optionally, have a special item called 'Free text'. This item, if chosen, allows users to enter text manually, in which case the settings defined here will apply.


Accepts the text exactly as entered by the user.


Forces all text into upper case.


Forces all text into lower case.


Automatically capitalises sentences.

Title Case

Capitalises each word

Max Text length

Maximum text length is inclusive and the user will be prevented from exceeding it when answering a text type of question.

Min Text length

If the minimum text length = 0, then the user may skip the question without entering any text. Any other value will mean that the user must enter at least that many characters before continuing.

Commonly Used Buttons

The commonly used buttons OK, Cancel and Help, work as expected.

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