With SmarterSelect, there are different question types to help you build a more functional application.
Single-Line Textbox: A simple line of text for questions to collect variable information such as names, addresses, email, social security numbers, and phone numbers.
Multi-line Textbox/Essay: A textbox that supports more than one line of text. This question type can also show a running word count and provide a word limit.
Multiple Choice/Single Answer: This question type allows for a pre-defined list of answer options. This option can be formatted with radio button selections or as a drop-down selection list.
Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer: This question type not only allows for a pre-defined list of answer options, but also allows for more than one option to be selected. This is also useful if you want to just have a single checkbox.
Instruction: This question type allows you to provide information that does not need a response.
Date: This will provide a calendar widget allowing your users to enter a date in the format of your choosing, allowing for a uniform date format and proper exporting of data into Excel.
Attach File: SmarterSelect allows you and your users to upload and attach files to applications. This can be any file type and currently has a file size limit of 5MB. You can allow for as many file uploads as you wish.
Number: Capture numerical data in the format of your choice: foreign and domestic currency, decimals, percentages, and whole numbers.
State/Province: Keep your application data consistent with this pre-determined list of all of the U.S. states, territories, and military codes as well as Canadian provinces.
Country: This question type works exactly the same as the State/Province type except it's a list of countries around the world.
Phone Number: This question type inserts the pre-determined number of boxes based on which option is chosen. For North America text boxes for character counts 3-3-4 is shown. For International a (+) and a full text box to type an international number is shown.
Social Security Number: This question type automatically inserts text boxes in a 3-2-4 character format to hold the standard SSN.
With a single-line textbox, you can request text data, social security numbers, phone numbers, or set a specific character range. By default, this question type will look like this:
However, with the additional options, you can change the width of the textbox or set the validations to accept specific answers.
To lengthen or shorten the width of the box, just change the number in the Field Length box. The number essentially represents the number of characters wide the box will be. Don't worry - there is not a text limit for this box unless you set one.
To set a specific length of text, check the Validate Text box and select "Text of a specific length". You can set a range here for the number of characters, numbers, and/or symbols you want to allow.
You can also set the textbox to receive email addresses, which will ensure that the email address is entered in a valid format.
With multi-line textboxes/essays you can provide your users with more space to write longer responses such as essays and short answer questions. The textbox can be expanded to provide more visual space by increasing the number in the Height field. The default height of an essay box is 5, meaning about 5 hard returns long.
You can have a running word count display for your users by checking the Show Word Count box. Doing this will also give you the option to set a minimum and/or maximum number of words for a certain question.
Note: When setting a minimum, the minimum is only enforced (i.e. preventing submission) if the question is required.
Our word count algorithm is based as closely to that of MS Word as possible. However, please understand that word counts will not match exactly that of MS Word or any other word processing tool.
With SmarterSelect, there are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer. Both questions are set up the same way with one difference: single answer questions give you the option to use either radio buttons or a drop-down selection list whereas multiple answer question come in only one format.
The multiple choice options are typed into a choice box.
Additionally, if you would like to provide an option for "Other", simply check the box next to Add Other as a Choice. This will add "Other" as the last choice in your list. When the applicant selects this option in either question type, an empty textbox will appear, allowing the applicant to enter their unique response.
In Multiple Choice/Single Answer questions, you can even choose which option is selected by default for the aapplicant by checking the default box next to the choice.
If you want to delete an answer choice, you can delete it by clicking on the red X under the delete option. Please note that if you have an applicant that has answered that option already, you will be unable to delete the choice, in this case, please choose "Disable" instead to remove the choice from the drop down list, but preserve the data.
If you need to capture percentages, decimal or whole numbers, or currency you can use the Number question type. By using this question type, you can have different settings depending on the type of data you want to collect.
By default, the Number question type is a whole number. You can set a whole number range to limit the responses, if you wish. If you would like to accept decimal numbers, select your number of decimal places from the Number of Decimal Places drop-down.
Percent will allow you to set a range limit as long as it between 0 and 100. You can also allow for decimal places
If you want to capture currency, choose Number from the list of question types and check the box next to Currency. Here, you will see a list of currency options from which to choose.
The default setting for currency is to show whole amounts. If you would like the applicants to enter change/cents, check the box next to Show Cents.