Survey Settings

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Save Respondent Information


This section lets you disable Lighthouse Studio's automatic storage of information about the respondent's browser, operating system, and IP address.  There may be some instances in which you are prohibited from collecting such information and you can un-check the information that should not be saved.


The information collected on respondent's browser, operating system, and IP address may be exported with your other survey data.


Even if you decide not to collect the identifying information described here, a variable indicating whether Javascript is enabled within the respondent's browser is always collected.


Save Respondent Time Per Page


Check this box to store the time (in seconds) spent per page.  When you enable this, variables are stored into the database that store the time.  You can export these times under the File | Export Data option.


If the respondent backs up and re-answers a page (using Lighthouse Studio's Previous button), new time spent answering that page will be added to the previous time recorded.  If respondents use the Back button on the browser to re-answer a page, the total time spent on the re-answered page may not be accounted for correctly.


Additional Settings


Require respondents to use modern web browsers


By default, Lighthouse Studio requires that all respondents taking the survey use a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 11 or later) with JavaScript enabled.  Respondents who use an unsupported web browser or who have JavaScript disabled will see an error message (specified in the Error Messages tab). If you want to allow these respondents to take the survey on an older web browser, you can uncheck this box.  However, please be aware that many features of the survey may not work properly without a supported browser.  If you uncheck this box, we urge you to test the survey well on older browsers to unsure proper functionality.  




The DOCTYPE declares the HTML version used on the web page.  Many web browsers will read this line and make a decision how to display the HTML.  The DOCTYPE declares that the HTML is following standards.  You can check the HTML of the page for errors by going to


Using a DOCTYPE can alter the way that the web page is displayed in some browsers.  Some of your custom HTML might not be formatted quite the same in some browsers with the DOCTYPE at the top as it is without it. You might consider adding a custom DOCTYPE to accommodate custom HTML that you might have.


Remove System Meta Tags from Header Section


Removes the following tags located inside of the <head></head> section:


1.<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7">
If the respondent is using Internet Explorer, this forces whatever version they are using to act like IE7.

2.<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
This tells the browser to interpret the page as HTML and using the UTF-8 character set.

3.<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
This tells search engines like Google to not “crawl”, or make things on your site show up in search results.

4.<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
This setting helps content to be scaled better for mobile devices.


Decimal Point Character


If you are including numeric questions in your survey and have specified that decimal answers are permitted for those questions, you need to specify the character to be reserved for the decimal point.  In the US, a period (default) is used.  Other countries may use a comma.  If a period is selected, only numbers and a single period are acceptable answers.  For example, the number "one thousand one and one half" must be specified as: "1001.5", not "1,001.5". If other characters are used, a warning message appears.  


If you specify that a comma or period is to be used as the decimal point character, both periods AND commas are acceptable as decimal points.  In other words, the number "one thousand one and one half" can be specified as: "1001.5" or "1001,5", but not "1,001.5", or "1.001,5".    (Note: the Data Reports program within the Admin Module truncates all decimal answers, treating them as integers, prior to computing frequencies, min, max, and means.)


Advanced Server Settings

The default for each setting below is empty.  Please test the survey well if you change any of these settings.


Respondent Number Start


This setting allows you to specify the first Internal Respondent Number that will be used for this study.  For example if 500 is entered then the first respondent will be assigned 500 as their Internal Respondent Number.  The next respondent will be assigned 501 and so on.


Max Fields per Database Table


This setting specifies the maximum number of columns allowed in any of the database data tables.






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