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From Add Item in Template Maintenance select the Multiple-choice button shown here.

From Add Item in Template Maintenance select the Multiple-choice button shown here.

The Multiple-choice item allows the user to choose one from a list of allowable options on the device. The fact that it is called "multiple" choice does not indicate that multiple answers can be selected, it indicates that one answer can be selected from multiple choices. The multiple choice item tends to get used in cases where there are between two and four or five options, and is really just a direct alternative to a drop down list. The display of options can either be vertical or horizontal and it can either be of the option text or of associated images.

 

Multiple choices items are commonly used as a mechanism for recording findings and follow-up actions. In these cases the selection of the non-default answer will trigger the display of a new screen to record the detailed findings.

How your Multiple-choice prompt might look on a device.

How your Multiple-choice prompt might look on a device.

Main

Main screen for creating/amending a Multiple-choice prompt
Main screen for creating/amending a Multiple-choice prompt

Main screen for creating/amending a Multiple-choice prompt

*Question This is the text “label” that is specifying the information that needs to be entered or the question to be answered. Although this is not necessarily a question in all cases, Question is used as the general term to cover the text shown next to an input field. The text should be as short as possible whilst still being self-explanatory. Over-long questions take up a lot of space on PDA screens with their restricted size, so try and make them concise. This text should be an aid to help guide the user through the screen. Any more explanatory text can be made available as “Auditor’s notes” or “Full question text”.
Mandatory

Tick this box if the question is mandatory and leave it blank if it is optional.  This will depend on whether the answer to this question is critical to the data that is being collected, such as signature to confirm customer acceptance.

List name Select the name of the list that will supply the choices. This list is created via Lists in Setup and Maintenance.
Default value

Enter a value that will be inserted without the user doing anything e.g. '0' (zero) for quantity in a supplies list so that only significant entries need to be entered.

Arrange horizontally By default list items are arrange vertically - one per line. By ticking this box Boris will fit as many as possible on one line. This is useful for short options such as "yes"/"no" or "1-2","3-5", "5-10".
Prompt for findings/actions for results (except for first result) This is useful if something out of the ordinary has been encountered by the operator, such as customer not home or condition unacceptable, where further information needs to be collected.
Use list entry images instead of text Images, such as smiley/frowning face, tick/cross, can be used instead of text.

Advanced

Advanced features of a Multiple-choice list.
Advanced features that can be applied to a Multiple-choice list.

Advanced features that can be applied to a Multiple-choice list.

Auditor's notes

If you wish to offer the end-user guidance and direction on how to answer a question then use the Auditor’s notes field. This allows you to input any necessary text expanding on the basic question. For the end-user, the auditor’s notes are available via the “right click” option on the device – tap and hold the stylus on the question text.

Full question (for report)

The question text mentioned above should be framed in such a way as to indicate to the user the information that needs to be input. However, when this information is output on a report via the web site or a PDF additional wording may well be required. Use this field to phrase the original question in a way suitable for the report.

Cross reference

This field is output on reports to cross-reference the information with any relevant legislation etc.

Background colour of question Specify the colour that should appear behind the question on the device.
Colour of question Specify the colour of the text in the question on the device.

Don't keep previous result when part of a document lifecycle

Tick this box if you DO NOT wish data collected in this template item to be copied to any jobs created directly from the original form.  This is useful for a repeated task (such as booking in/out a rental item or repeated delivery) where the data remains the same but a sign-off is required so this box may be ticked for Date, Surname and Signature.  Please note that if a transformation option is applied to the newly created job, this setting may be over-ruled.

Show all choices on report
Allow multiple results for this field?

If you wish to have the capability of entering more than one “answer” to a question then you can use this field. If it is checked/ticked then a button will be displayed allowing further responses to be input. The text shown on this button can be specified (see below).
If the number of possible responses is unpredictable then this option is useful. However, it is often simpler to create, say, 3 pre-set items in which the user can enter their data.

Text on button for adding additional results

This option is used in conjunction with “Allow multiple results for this field” and specifies the text shown on the button (for example, “Add response” or “Another value").

*Unique name

The unique name must be entered for each item and is a mandatory field. The name is used internally and so is not generally of importance. A default value is generated by the system automatically. You may wish to override this value to have a “nicer” name if the field concerned is part of a calculation or if you are exporting the data to another system.

Display conditions (advanced)

Display conditions for a Date prompt.
Display conditions that can be applied to a Multiple-choice list

Display conditions that can be applied to a Multiple-choice list

Only show when the following condition is true (1) Enter a conditional statement that affects whether the input item is displayed on the device such as whether a previous answer has been yes or no.
Only show when the following condition is true (2) Enter a conditional statement that affects whether the input item is displayed on the device such as whether a previous answer has been yes or no.
Record results when section isn't displayed Tick this box if you wish results to be recorded when section isn't displayed.

Default findings

Add findings for this list that will appear automatically.
Adding default findings for items in a Multiple-choice list.

Adding default findings for items in a Multiple-choice list.

Add Finding Click this button to add additional information to the selected item in the list.
More information on Item Type - Findings
See Also

 

 


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