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Question type: Array by column

6 years 4 months ago #50925 by kh1
I have a specific question type I need to create, and have tried all of the question types available, but none fit the format I need.

I essentially need the basic 10 point array, but I need to divide the numbers by column (D-A). The number 1 would be in column D (which would have a description), 2,3,and 4 in C, etc.

not done better good long text description

1. Goals met? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I am replicating a previous survey, so I need the structure to remain the same.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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6 years 4 months ago #50926 by holch

This previous survey wasn't done with Limesurvey, correct?

I don't see a chance to do this with the standard features of Limesurvey. Maybe Tpartner finds a solution via Javascript.

I'm not a LimeSurvey GmbH member. I answer at the LimeSurvey forum in my spare time. No support via private message.
Some helpful links: Manual (EN) | Question Types | Workarounds

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6 years 4 months ago #50934 by Mazi
This can only be done by changing the question styles by using some specific Javascript.
User "tpartner" is our JS expert, he also offers advanced, paid support if this is a must have feature you need.

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6 years 4 months ago - 6 years 4 months ago #51101 by tpartner
This isn't too difficult.

Set up your survey to use JavaScript and place the following script in the source of your array-10-point question. Replace "QQ" (line 5) with the ID of the array-10-point and modify the text in line 7 as required.

The script will insert a new row above the headers and apply some classes to elements so we can style them with CSS.
<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
        var qID = QQ;
        var newRow = '<tr><td>Characteristic</td><td><u>D</u><br /><br />...does not occur</td><td colspan="3"><u>C</u><br /><br />...occurs...</td><td colspan="3"><u>B</u><br /><br />...plan is...</td><td colspan="3"><u>A (= all of B plus these)</u><br /><br /> documented...</td></tr>';
        $('#question'+qID+' table.question thead').prepend(newRow);
        $('#question'+qID+' table.question thead tr:eq(0)').addClass('arrHeaders');
        $('#question'+qID+' table.question thead tr:eq(1)').addClass('arrSubHeaders');
        $('#question'+qID+' table.question tr.arrHeaders td:eq(0)').addClass('firstCell');
        $('#question'+qID+' table.question tr.arrSubHeaders th:eq(0)').addClass('firstCell');
Then add the following to the end of template.css and modify as required:
.modifiedArray table.question {
    border-spacing: 0;
    border-collapse: collapse;
.modifiedArray table.question th,
.modifiedArray table.question td {
    border: 1px solid #999999;
.arrHeaders th,
.arrHeaders td {
    text-align: center;
    color: #000000;
.modifiedArray table.question .arrHeaders .firstCell {
    border-bottom: 0 none;
.modifiedArray table.question .arrSubHeaders .firstCell {
    border-top: 0 none;
The result should be:

Tony Partner

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Last Edit: 6 years 4 months ago by tpartner.

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6 years 4 months ago #51134 by kh1
Many thanks! I'll give that a try

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