[ic] How To Set Up a Rating Style Survey Widget?

Thomas J.M. Burton tom at globalfocusdm.com
Mon May 30 18:27:49 UTC 2011

On 5/25/2011 2:03 PM, Thomas J.M. Burton wrote:
> I'm working on setting up a survey in one of the Interchange sites we 
> run. What I'd like to be able to have are questions with a 
> rating-style input, by which I mean having a list of several 
> questions, words, etc. on separate lines with a few radio button 
> options to the right. For example:
> How do you feel about the following things?
>         Bad    Good    Neutral
> foo    ( )    ( )    ( )
> bar    ( )    ( )    ( )
> etc    ( )    ( )    ( )
> Where the ( ) represent a radio button. (I hope this translates well 
> when posted to the list).
> I've been grepping IC source code and searching the users maillist and 
> have not yet found reference to something like this existing. If I 
> want to set up something like this, will I need to write a custom 
> widget, or is there some other way in the existing IC survey system to 
> customize things that might give me an output similar to what I'm 
> looking for?

Hi again,

I ended up writing a custom widget and have the front end of this 
together, though I now need to work out how to get the results into the 
existing survey system. Here's how I've set up the widget to work:

Choices/Options settings (stored in the survey::options field) are set 
by specifying the radio button options first with the value=label 
format. Following those, lines without an equals sign are recognized as 
the line-items that are to be rated. For example, input might be 
something like:

1=Not Satisfied
2=Slightly Satisfied
4=Highly Satisfied
Overall Purchase Experience
Clarity of Product Information
Product Pricing
Order Delivery Time

Which would then build html that looks like this:

<table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="0" class="input-rating-grid">
<th>Not Satisfied</th>
<th>Slightly Satisfied</th>
<th>Highly Satisfied</th>
<tr class="input-rating-row">
<td align="right">Overall Purchase Experience</td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="1" name="experience-0"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="2" name="experience-0"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="3" name="experience-0"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="4" name="experience-0"></td>
<tr class="input-rating-row">
<td align="right">Clarity of Product Information</td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="1" name="experience-1"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="2" name="experience-1"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="3" name="experience-1"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="4" name="experience-1"></td>
<tr class="input-rating-row">
<td align="right">Product Pricing</td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="1" name="experience-2"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="2" name="experience-2"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="3" name="experience-2"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="4" name="experience-2"></td>
<tr class="input-rating-row">
<td align="right">Order Delivery Time</td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="1" name="experience-3"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="2" name="experience-3"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="3" name="experience-3"></td>
<td align="center"><input type="radio" value="4" name="experience-3"></td>

As you can see, each line-item's radio buttons have a name with an 
increment number appended to it.

Working within the existing IC survey system, what would be the best way 
for me to have all increments of the survey item's inputs passed into 
the survey results?

Hopefully someone can help me with this question. If you need more 
information than what I've provided, please let me know.


Global Focus Digital Media, LLC


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