Is it possible to auto-populate previous data into current data within a repeat?

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11-30-2017 04:38 PM
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New Contributor III

I have a repeat section that records details about a species sighting at a particular location. If this location has multiple sightings, the user has to enter a separate record for each sighting. Under these circumstances, many of the fields would most likely be the same. Is there a way that I can have a yes no question asking if they want to load data from the previous entry, and if Yes, populate some of the fields with this information? It would be a tremendous time saver.

If so, how?

Many thanks in advance.

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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Hi Bonnie,

Currently Survey123 does not support this.  To implement this feature, the indexed-repeat function will need to be supported, this will allow a repeat to reference another repeat within a form.

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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Hi Bonnie,

Currently Survey123 does not support this.  To implement this feature, the indexed-repeat function will need to be supported, this will allow a repeat to reference another repeat within a form.

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New Contributor III

Bummer, I expect to hear lots of complaints from our field biologists on the absence of this feature. Is it on your to-do list? If so, what is the estimated time for implementation?

Thanks for responding. I appreciate it.

Bonnie Weller, GIS Analyst

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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Hi Bonnie,

Yes, it is on the enhancement list, though we don't have a solid timeline for implementing this feature.

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New Contributor II

This would be a great feature, any updates on implementation? 

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New Contributor II

id love to see this feature as well.

thank you

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Hi James,

I was just wondering if there has been any progress with the index-repeat function? I'm trying to pull entries from an earlier repeat, but I'm struggling to find a way to make this work. 

Thanks

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New Contributor III

Hello James,

I too am trying to prepopulate species names from a previous repeat into the next repeat....

I am trying to build a survey that is used to collect plant cover by species with frames along transects... so there are a lot of repeats in the form... I would like to drag species names from the first frame or transect to the rest of the repeated sections... 

Is this possible?

And thank you for all your support...

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Esri Esteemed Contributor

Hi Nathan,

This is currently not possible to do with Survey123.

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New Contributor II

James,

what is the max character length we can use in the url submission in passing data from Collector to Survey123? I am trying to pass through ~60k characters, but it always breaks down. when I pare that down to 5 or 6 questions (~1800 characters), the data goes through just fine.

thank you

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