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Our forecast for the 3.2 release is as follows: Bright like the sun, new features and enhancements in the morning, particularly in the Survey123 website and web designer. A joyful rain of fixes for the Survey123 field app at night, including massive improvements to repeats and nested repeats.
In this update you can organize questions in your surveys across multiple pages. Pages are particularly useful when working on very large forms, helping you logically organize your questions and giving end users a sense of progress across the entire survey.
In the example above, I added a welcome image and text on the first page to create a cover for my survey. Note that the first page does not expect any input from the survey. It is just a welcoming page, or cover. Next, I organized the actual questions within my form into pages, giving each page a descriptive title at the top. As users move from page to page, a progress bar at the bottom shows how close they are to the end of the survey.
You can combine groups and pages to further help organize questions within your survey!
If you use web designer to create your surveys, you will find that we have added a Page option in the main panel. Just like you do with other question types, simply click on Page, and it will be added to your form. You will be able to drag and drop questions into your new page, move questions from one page to another and even merge and duplicate pages!
If you want to work with pages in Survey123 Connect, you need to do two things:
Also note that when using the pages style, pages will be automatically created for any question outside field-list groups.
Whilst the implementation for pages is complete in our web form, currently in the field app constraint and required checks will not be performed when you leave a page. These checks will only be done when you attempt to submit the survey. In some scenarios this can make it difficult for end users to identify the exact question in the form where the validation rules were broken. Make sure you define good error messages for your required and constraint rules. Other than that, pages work pretty well in the field app!
You can now embed public web forms in your own web site. As shown below, the Collaborate tab of your survey will now include an Embed option from which you can copy the HTML code needed to embed your survey within a web site.
A handful of embed options let you quickly configure your embed HTML code to hide elements of your survey that you may want to hide, such as the header, sign-in, multiple language options, footer, etc. You can even disable the theme colors to provide a more neutral presence of your embedded survey within the web site.
Below is an example showing a Survey123 form embedded within a web page. Note that the header, footer and themes have been disabled to make the survey fit better within the web site.
The Survey123 website includes a number of reporting capabilities to help you understand data captured through your surveys. The Analyze page, for example, aggregates responses for categorical, date and number questions and creates charts and maps to more quickly identify trends on your data.
Questions with free text are always trickier to aggregate, but that is where word clouds come to help. A word cloud takes the most common words found in your data and sizes them according to popularity. The bigger the word, the more repetitions. It is a simple concept but it often gives great insight. Unfortunately, the most common words in our language are far from interesting in this context. Think about it: this, that, of, a... all pretty useless stuff in a word cloud, don't you think? These words are known as stop-words, and now you can set a filter to ignore them. In English at least.
Here you can see how word cloud filters made a difference for our friends at City of Lakeland, in Florida:
In this particular scenario, the survey asked people in the city 'What are your thoughts on how can we better educate drivers to pay attention?'. The most popular words among the responses are 'the', 'and', 'to' and 'of', but if we apply the stop word filter, much more relevant words will come out: speed, signs and people. With stop word filters you can more easily understand certain relevant trends in your data.
We introduced Custom Themes not long ago. Definitely a good addition to give your surveys a nice final touch! If you haven't already, I highly recommend you watch this video-tutorial or read the Introducing Custom Themes blog post.
In this update 6 new theme templates have been added. 5 of them will help you quickly switch through different color combinations. You can also make tweaks in them, of course, but they provide a nice start. The sixth template is more interesting, in that it will mirror the Shared Theme of your ArcGIS organization. If you are not familiar with this concept of Shared Theme, have a look at Ian's blog post Introducing Shared Theme: a new app styling capability in ArcGIS Online. The Shared Theme is set by the administrator of an ArcGIS Organization defining the basics for styling configurable apps in it: text and background color, etc. Now, you can easily match that style!
A new option has been added in web designer to automatically center the map at the user's location when a geopoint question is open within a web form.
Lets describe in more detail what is going on here, because this option only makes sense once differences between the behavior of geopoint questions across web forms and the Survey123 field app are understood.
Geopoint questions in the Survey123 field app are by default centered at the user's location. In a Web Form, the behavior is very different. When your geopoint questions are shown within a web browser, the location of the map remains as set by the author of the survey. The Survey123 web app by default will not attempt to gather the user's location. Otherwise, as soon as the survey is loaded, the web browser will automatically present a dialog to the end user asking for permission to gather the device's location. Without proper context on why that message is appearing, this would cause distrust in many users.
The user can change the location of the map by either manually panning the map or centering it at a particular address or at the user's location. By enabling this new option, the map, once in edit mode, will automatically center to the user's location. This will trigger the web browser to require confirmation before handing over the location to the Survey123 web app, but this will happen in context. Users will understand at that point why the survey is attempting to gather their location.
For the reasons described above, this new setting has no effect when the survey is loaded in the Survey123 field app.
Survey123 Field App
Did you know that using XLSForm you can choose to save the label of the selected item in a list instead of the name? For more details see: https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2018/12/02/survey123-tricks-of-the-trade-xlsform-fu...
For more details on the 3.2 release, check out our What's New Help Topic, which also includes an archive of all new features added in previous releases.
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