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titleKey Considerations
  • Most text answers are input 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 numerical answer requires a unit or other qualifying information, it should be added as a text answer. For example, ‘Give your height in centimetres’ 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.

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 The first threetext answers in the table below are used in almost all questionnaires:

 

Label

Type

Format

(Maximum characters)

Usage

Generic text

Text

255

Free text responses that are less than three full page lines in length. 

Other

Text

255

Free text responses that ask for additional responses to those included in the question.

Long text

Text

Blank

Free text responses that are more than three full page lines in length.

Generic text [X]

Other [X]

Text

255

Used when a question has more than one response of the same type. As many additional answers are created as are required by the question, i.e. Generic text 2, Generic text 3.

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This is the most common text answer. It is used for alphanumeric answers where the space available for the question response is less than three full page lines in length.

Example 1 Questionnaire: BCS Educational (Teacher’s) Questionnaire

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Questionnaire layout:

 

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LT
LT
 
Long text

This answer is used for alphanumeric answers where the space available for the question response is more than three full page lines in length, e.g. for comments, explanations, etc.

 

Example

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2 Questionnaire: BCS Parental Interview Form

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Questionnaire layout:

 

 

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 inputter.

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MTA
MTA
Multiple Generic or Other text answers

 A question can have more than one text response of the same type. However, a particular text answer can be entered only once as a response to a question. Additional text answers required for the same question are created by adding a number to the basic text answer label. See examples.

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Label

Type

Format (Maximum length)

Generic text

Text

255

Generic text 2

Text

255

Generic text 3

Text

255

Generic text 4

Text

255

 

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SpecLabTA
SpecLabTA
Specifically labelled text answers

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