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Text answers are used when a response to a question is alphanumeric, i.e. a free text space. Most text responses are not specifically labelled and there are three non-specific answers which are used in almost all questionnaires, 'Generic text', 'Other' and 'Long text' (see Non-specific text answers). are created when a question defines a maximum length for an alphanumeric response. Numeric responses that are not sufficiently defined to allow a numeric answer are also entered as text answers.
Example 2 Questionnaire: BCS Parental Interview Form
If there are exactly three full page lines available for a question response, either ‘Generic text’ or ‘Long text’ may be used at the discretion of the inputterenterer.
Note: Questions that are phrased ‘Space for any additional comments you would like to make’ (common in ALSPAC), or similar wording, are entered with a ‘Long text’ answer, regardless of how much space in the questionnaire is given for the response.