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An additional use of sequences is when a question has several sub-questions and it cannot be entered as a question grid. In this case, the overarching question text becomes a sequence and the sub-questions sit within it. See Example 3. Finally, a sequence must always contain a construct. It usually has a number of constructs; especially question constructs. However, there are rare instances where a sequence only contains statements. See Example 4 below.

 


There are occasions when a sequence is repeated in a questionnaire, however, Archivist does not allow you to use the same label for two constructs and therefore this is not possible. In order to get around this, the label must be suffixed with a unique identify to distinguish between them. This is then striped out before being deposited in CLOSER Discovery. This is also true for corner labels in Question Grids. See Example 5 below.

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When a questionnaire contains two or more sequences which are the same, when entering this into Archivist, the label must still be unique, therefore it is suffixed with an identifier. In the example below, INTERVIEWER CHECK is repeated, so to ensure the labels are unique, FJ (First Job) is suffixed to the first, and U (Unemployment) is suffixed to the second. In order to remove this from CLOSER Discovery, a label.txt file is created which contains the label as entered in archivist, followed by the correct sequence name (tab separated).

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Archivist view (ncds_81_1):


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