Most text answers are entered as either ‘Generic text’ (with a maximum length of 255) or ‘Long text’ (with no maximum length).
The text answer 'Other' is used when the question asks for writing in additional responses to those included in the question.
Where a numeric answer requires a unit or other qualifying information, it should be added as a text answer. For example, ‘Give your height in centimetres’ centimeters’ is a number, whereas ‘Give your height’ is a text answer as the unit needs to be specified in the answer.
Maximum length matters so ‘Other (max length: 30)’ is different to ‘Other (max length: 200)’.
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). Specifically labelled 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.