Multiple Choice Question Format

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select one
multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each prompt
may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy so I
was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up horizontally
rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to add instruction
before the prompt when looking at the final survey view. Right now I have
put the instructions for the questions using the hint column in the xls
form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt rather than above it.
Thanks for the help!

There are several appearances available for select-multiple questions. See
http://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/examples/#select_prompts

You might consider the select multi spinner, or, if the questions all have
the same set of choices (e.g., A, B, C, N/A), a select multi list.

There is a 'note' type for XLSForm that displays as just a label and hint
field (no prompt). You could use that immediately above your prompts to
give instructions.

··· On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Amanda Searls wrote:

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select one
multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each prompt
may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy so I
was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up horizontally
rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to add instruction
before the prompt when looking at the final survey view. Right now I have
put the instructions for the questions using the hint column in the xls
form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt rather than above it.
Thanks for the help!

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Hi Mitch,
Thank you for your response! I greatly appreciate it. I have a follow up question. For my survey I used an XLSForm. However, using the select multi spinner for my multiple choice questions requires using XForm. To upload a single survey to ODK do I have to use just one form or is it possible to mend the two. For example, all of my prompts and multiple choice questions are formatted in the XLS Form; however, because I want to use the multi spinner option for my survey do I have to put all my prompts and multiple choice questions in XForm format? Hope this makes sense. Thanks!

··· On Nov 4, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Mitch Sundt wrote:

There are several appearances available for select-multiple questions. See http://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/examples/#select_prompts

You might consider the select multi spinner, or, if the questions all have the same set of choices (e.g., A, B, C, N/A), a select multi list.

There is a 'note' type for XLSForm that displays as just a label and hint field (no prompt). You could use that immediately above your prompts to give instructions.

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Amanda Searls amanda.searls@gmail.com wrote:

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select one multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each prompt may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy so I was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up horizontally rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to add instruction before the prompt when looking at the final survey view. Right now I have put the instructions for the questions using the hint column in the xls form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt rather than above it. Thanks for the help!

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Hi Mitch,
Thanks so much again for you help. It has greatly appreciated! However, my boss still wants the survey to show the multiple choice options horizontally. Is there any possible way to do this in the XLSForm? Or is the multi-spinner the only option for condensing the multiple choice options? He would like to effort from our subjects to be as minimal as possible. Thanks so much again!

··· On Nov 4, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Mitch Sundt wrote:

There are several appearances available for select-multiple questions. See http://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/examples/#select_prompts

You might consider the select multi spinner, or, if the questions all have the same set of choices (e.g., A, B, C, N/A), a select multi list.

There is a 'note' type for XLSForm that displays as just a label and hint field (no prompt). You could use that immediately above your prompts to give instructions.

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Amanda Searls amanda.searls@gmail.com wrote:

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select one multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each prompt may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy so I was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up horizontally rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to add instruction before the prompt when looking at the final survey view. Right now I have put the instructions for the questions using the hint column in the xls form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt rather than above it. Thanks for the help!

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No, you don't need to do that.

You can use these other widgets simply by having an *appearance *column in
your XLS file and specifying the value found in the *appearance="..."
*attribute
shown in the Snippet e.g., *minimal *for the spinner widget.

Our documentation is somewhat scattered; the documentation I pointed you to
references the underlying XML XForms format, which is what the XLSForm tool
generates.

Other less-frequently-used features, such as changing the accuracy
threshold for the geopoint widget, may require hand-editing the XML file
generated by XLSForm. The XLSForm tool is not very easily extended, so some
of these less-frequently-requested features have been added to the
underlying XML XForms but not exposed in the XLS file or in Build.

Mitch

··· On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM, amanda searls wrote:

Hi Mitch,
Thank you for your response! I greatly appreciate it. I have a follow up
question. For my survey I used an XLSForm. However, using the select multi
spinner for my multiple choice questions requires using XForm. To upload a
single survey to ODK do I have to use just one form or is it possible to
mend the two. For example, all of my prompts and multiple choice questions
are formatted in the XLS Form; however, because I want to use the multi
spinner option for my survey do I have to put all my prompts and multiple
choice questions in XForm format? Hope this makes sense. Thanks!
On Nov 4, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Mitch Sundt wrote:

There are several appearances available for select-multiple questions. See
http://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/examples/#select_prompts

You might consider the select multi spinner, or, if the questions all have
the same set of choices (e.g., A, B, C, N/A), a select multi list.

There is a 'note' type for XLSForm that displays as just a label and hint
field (no prompt). You could use that immediately above your prompts to
give instructions.

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Amanda Searls amanda.searls@gmail.comwrote:

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select
one multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each
prompt may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy
so I was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up
horizontally rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to
add instruction before the prompt when looking at the final survey view.
Right now I have put the instructions for the questions using the hint
column in the xls form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt
rather than above it. Thanks for the help!

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no.

··· On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM, amanda searls wrote:

Hi Mitch,
Thanks so much again for you help. It has greatly appreciated! However, my
boss still wants the survey to show the multiple choice options
horizontally. Is there any possible way to do this in the XLSForm? Or is
the multi-spinner the only option for condensing the multiple choice
options? He would like to effort from our subjects to be as minimal as
possible. Thanks so much again!
On Nov 4, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Mitch Sundt wrote:

There are several appearances available for select-multiple questions. See
http://opendatakit.org/help/form-design/examples/#select_prompts

You might consider the select multi spinner, or, if the questions all have
the same set of choices (e.g., A, B, C, N/A), a select multi list.

There is a 'note' type for XLSForm that displays as just a label and hint
field (no prompt). You could use that immediately above your prompts to
give instructions.

On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Amanda Searls amanda.searls@gmail.comwrote:

I'm currently using ODK to create a survey consisting of solely select
one multiple choice questions. The survey is relatively long and each
prompt may have up to 7 choices. This makes the survey look pretty lengthy
so I was wondering if there was a way to have the options line up
horizontally rather than vertically. Also, in xls form is there a way to
add instruction before the prompt when looking at the final survey view.
Right now I have put the instructions for the questions using the hint
column in the xls form, but that adds the instruction under the prompt
rather than above it. Thanks for the help!

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