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Creating Side by Side Tables in Remark Web Survey

Remark Web Survey provides the ability to place two or more tables of questions side-by-side. This feature is useful when you want to ask the same set of questions for more than one purpose. For example, a respondent may answer the same set of questions for ranking areas of satisfaction and how important each area is to him or her.

When adding multiple question sets using the Question Table Properties window, you may use two different types of answer formats. For example, you can use option buttons to rank satisfaction and then textboxes to allow the respondent to enter supporting comments.

Side-by-Side table formatting is accomplished by using the same Question Table Properties window you use when creating regular tables. When pairing questions, you enter the question text once and then add as many answer columns as you wish. Each answer columns can contain different styles of answers (e.g., checkboxes and option buttons).

To format questions in side-by-side tables:

  1. Select the Section node where the Question Table is needed by highlighting it in the tree view list. From the Insert tab in the Ribbon, select the down arrow on the Question button and click Question Table. The Question Table Properties window opens.
  2. Click the Insert Row button to insert a row that will hold your first question text and enter the text in the Question Text Editor window. Type the question text for each question and format it as desired. (Question text is limited to 10,000 characters.)
  3. Continue to insert the number of rows that corresponds with the number of questions you would like ask by repeating this step (you can always insert and delete rows later if you don't add just the right amount).
    If you prefer, you can create empty rows of your table first and then return to each Question Text Editor window later to enter your question text. If you choose to enter question text after all the rows have been created, click the Empty link to display the Question Text Editor window. Type the question text for each question and format it as desired.
  4. Click the Insert Answer Column button. Specify the type of question. The answer columns represent the answer choices (Textbox/Text Area, Checkbox, Option Button, Drop-Down Box) for each question. Don't worry about the order of the columns of answers as these can be easily manipulated once created (See step 12 below). When initially created, the answer column applies to all questions within the table.
  5. Select which type of question you are inserting, Textbox/Text Area, Checkbox, Option Button or Drop-Down Box, from the Question type drop-down box.
  6. Set the Data type to either Textual or Numeric.
  7. If desired, enter a Table Header. The table header is placed above the answer choice labels in the table and is optional. Table Headers are limited to 10,000 characters.
  8. If you are not creating a Textbox/Text Area, click the Answers item on the left of the Answer Group Properties window and then enter the HTML Display, Labels and Values (or select from a pre-defined list).
  9. If desired, utilize any of the other properties available in the Answer Group Properties window.
  10. Click the OK button to insert the answer group.
  11. Repeat steps 4 – 10 to insert additional answer groups. Note that the question text applies to all answer groups.
     Once you have created all of the answer groups and are viewing the Table properties screen, you may reposition the answer groups by clicking the header of an answer group and then using the mouse to drag and move the group around. The order in which you see them in this window is the order in which they will appear on-screen.
  12. By default the question text is positioned in the far left column of the table, or 0 (zero column). To position the question text in a different column position, enter the number column in which you want the question text in the Question text position box. If you have two answer columns and want the question text to appear in the middle of them, enter 1 in this box.
  13. Click the OK button again to insert the question table.

The questions are automatically placed into a table. You may edit the table by double clicking the node for Question Table in the tree view or right clicking the Question Table node and selecting Properties.

Note: Each answer group does not have to have the same number of answer items. Also, each question does not have to correspond to every answer group. For example, if you have two answer groups setup, you could have a question (or questions) within the table pertain to only one of the answer groups. A simple way to eliminate any answer choice element is to view the Table properties, right click on the element you want to delete and select Delete from the menu that opens.


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