The Start Question

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Every questionnaire includes a Start "question" that may not be deleted.  The Start question can serve as an introductory screen where you provide text and/or graphics (additional questions can also be added to the same page).  The Start question can also include password fields, where respondents type passwords to access the survey.  Most users bypass the Start screen using “one-click” access to the survey.  This technique uses a link (usually in an email message) that passes the necessary login information directly to Lighthouse Studio's main processing script,  If you are letting respondents access the survey without a user name or password, the Start screen serves only as a welcome/instructional page.


The Start question is always on the first page in the List of Questions on the Write Questionnaire dialog.  


You use the Questionnaire Access and Passwords dialog to compose either introductory text and/or password login fields.  You access this screen by highlighting the Start question on the list of questions and clicking Edit....


Start Question Layout


The Start question has four main sections:


1.  Header 1

2.  Header 2

3.  Password Fields (optional)

4.  Footer


If you use passwords, they are indented according to the Question Indent Width you specify in the Survey Settings | Page Format dialog.


The Questionnaire Access and Passwords dialog has four buttons: Preview, OK, Cancel, and Advanced.


PreviewLets you preview how the Internet browser displays the current question.


OKSaves changes to the current question and returns to the Write Questionnaire dialog.


CancelReturns to the Write Questionnaire dialog without saving changes to the current question.


Advanced...This button accesses advanced settings for this question.


You specify header and footer text by typing directly into the Text fields within the dialog or by Clicking the "pencil" icon pencil to edit the text within a larger window.  You can include HTML instructions in any of the Text fields to enhance your surveys with additional styles or graphics.  The toolbar within the text editor offers a number of buttons to automatically add HTML instructions within your survey.


You can modify the Size, Color, Justification, and also control Bolding, Italics, and Underlining by clicking the "paintbrush" icon paintbrush .



Example:  Composing a Start Page


In this example, we'll assume you are not using respondent passwords.  The use of respondent passwords is described later in the Respondent Passwords section of this documentation.


1.  While at the Write Questionnaire dialog, highlight the <Start> question in the List of Questions by clicking it with the mouse.


2.  Click Edit....


(Skip Header 1)


3.   Header 2:

Text:  Welcome to our survey.  Please click next to continue.


4.  Click Preview:


Notes: You can include other questions on a Start page besides password fields.  However, if respondent passwords are being required and a respondent restarts the survey, the respondent must completely fill out the Start screen (including the additional variables) prior to continuing.  If the respondent enters different values on the password screen for these additional questions than he/she answered before, the respondent cannot jump forward in the survey to where he/she left off.  The respondent must complete the entire survey again.  Questions involving randomization cannot appear on the first page.



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