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Fields: Textarea input

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Textarea input fields are multi-line text fields, ideal for questions with long responses (such as "How can we improve?" or "Describe your research topic"). These can accept all alphanumeric characters.

Example of a textarea input field
Example of a textarea input field

Display properties

  1. Field Type: leave this option on "Textarea Input". (If you decide you need shorter responses, you can switch this to "One-line Text Input" at any time.)
  2. Short Name: a label for your question as it appears on the workpad and in your reports. This does not display on the public form or survey.
  3. Question Text: the text label that appears on your form or survey. Use the rich text editor to add instructions or ask a question.
  4. Answer Width: the width of the textarea field, as a percentage (e.g. 100%) or pixels (e.g. 500px).
  5. Answer Height: the height of the textarea field, as a percentage (e.g. 100%) or pixels (e.g. 500px).
  6. Default Value: you can set a default value that appears in the field when the survey or form is loaded.
  7. Placeholder: you can provide a short hint that describes the expected value of the field. The placeholder text will not be included in the submission and will not be visible if a Default Value has been set.
  8. Max Input Length: you can limit the number of characters allowed in the response. Set to 0 (zero) or leave blank if you don't want to set a character limit.
  9. Required: indicate whether or not this is a required field.
  10. Hidden: indicate whether or not to hide this field when the survey or form is loaded. A field rule can be used to unhide this based upon responses in another field.
Display properties for a textarea input field

Answer properties (quizzes & tutorials only)

  1. Possible Answers: list the possible correct answers for this question. Separate multiple answers with a semicolon, for example: ebooks; e-books; e book. Leave this blank if you do not want to grade this question.
  2. Require correct answer to continue?: select this option if a user must provide the correct answer in order to continue the quiz or tutorial.
  3. Partial answer match counted as correct?: when this option is selected, an answer will be counted correct as long as any of the possible answers are present -- it doesn't have to be an exact match.
    • Select the Match All checkbox if all of the possible answers must be present in the user's response.
  4. Display correct/wrong messages?: when this option is selected, text in the If Correct textarea will display when the user answers the question correctly, while text in the If Wrong textarea will display if the user answers the question incorrectly.
Example of answer properties for a textarea input

Advanced Customization

  1. Group ID: field groups allow you to show or hide multiple fields at once using field rules.
    • To add a new group, click the Add Group button, give the group a name, and save.
    • Otherwise, choose an existing group from the dropdown menu.
  2. CSS: you can customize the appearance of this field by adding CSS code. Enter only the CSS properties (such as color: red;); do not add selectors or <style> tags.
  3. Reporting: choose whether or not you want the field to display in your form or survey's data report and how you want it to appear.
    • Width: enter how wide you want this field's column to display in your report's data table. Enter the number of pixels you want to use. To automatically size the column, enter 0 (zero) or leave the field blank.
    • Display this column in table?: select this option to include the field in your report's data table.
    • Allow wrap in table display?: select this option if you want to allow text in this column to wrap in your report's data table.
Example of advanced customization options for a textarea field