Most text answers are input 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 numerical numeric 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)’.
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.