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Rank Sort Question

1:  Rank Sort Overview

The rank sort element utilizes a select form and must contain multiple labels and items. The respondents rank answers by dragging an item into a rank position. This element does not utilize flash.

2:  Adding a Rank Sort Element

Note: You can set the "Show" filter to display only elements that are compatible or optimized for the devices allowed for your project. Click here to learn how to how verify your project settings.

To insert a rank sort element, add a new survey element, select the "Dynamic" tab and choose "Rank Sort". Then click "Insert".

Enter the question text into the area provided. Question instructions can be customized by overwriting the default instruction text.

Enter all answer options in the appropriate sections. Rank sort elements must contain rank labels and rankable items. Do not number the answer options unless you want numbering to appear for the respondent. The system will automatically provide labels/numbers for the answer options, which you can edit later in "Options".

All answers will appear in the question box with labels (ch1, ch2, ch3) (r1, r2, r3). Labels with the "ch" prefix indicate choices (i.e., rank label) elements. Labels with the "r" prefix indicate row (i.e., rankable items) elements. To edit the answer options click "Rank Label Actions" or "Rankable Item Actions". Click "Answer Piping" to show rows, columns or choices based on the answers of a previous question; to learn more, click here.

Next, we need to define how many items the respondent must rank. To do this, locate the general options for the question and open the "more options" menu. Select "minRanks" and the new option will appear in the general options. Enter a whole number in the "minRanks" field to define the minimum number of items the respondent must rank.

If "minRanks" is not defined, an error will occur on the survey.

Example:
Our question has 6 rankable items and we want all of them to be ranked, so we will enter 6 in the minRanks field.

You can preview the element at any time by clicking on "Preview" located at the top right corner of the element. To find out more about previewing an element, click here.

When you set the attribute minRanks to anything other than 0minRanks will make the question optional, even if you have the attribute optional="0" applied on the same question.

3:  Style Settings

To configure the style settings for the rank sort element, click the "rank sort (flash)" link.

The "Question Display Options" window will appear. Click "Preview" to preview the settings. Once the changes are made, click "Save".

Additional information about each feature appears when you mouse-over the text.

Rank Sort Display Settings:

  • Show Rank Label Text: Allows you to show or hide the text entered as "rank labels" in the answer options. This can be useful if you only want to show the system generated labels.
  • Show Rank Label Number: Allows you to show or hide the system generated labels for the "rank label" answer options. This can be useful if you only want to show the text entered for the "rank label" answer options.

4:  Options for a Rank Sort Element

The options available are located on the right side of the screen. You can set rules for the entire question by clicking near the question text or set rules for individual rows or columns by clicking on the row or column you wish to edit. The option section will show the question, row or column text, label and type you have selected to edit.

4.1:  General Options

Each of the following options, when altered, affect all attributes within the rank sort element.

  • Label: The label assigned to the element. You may edit the default label for the rank sort element here.
  • Type: Displays the element type.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the element. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the element will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Mandatory: When checked this option will force respondents to provide a response. The respondent will be unable to continue the survey without completing the question.
  • Randomize: Items can be randomized by rows, columns, or both. To watch a video tutorial, click here.
  • Randomize Groups: This option is available if there are row groups. When checked this option will randomize the groups.
  • Rating/Scale: Enables nets in the report. To learn how to set up your rating scale preferences in the report, click here.
  • minRanks: Added via the "more options" menu. This is required for the rank sort element, learn more here.
  • More Options: Use the drop down menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "raw options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.

4.2:  Choice (Rank Label) Options

These options only affect specific row (i.e., rank label) line attributes.

  • Label: The label assigned to the choice. You may edit the default label for the choice here.
  • Data Value: The value assigned to the choice in the data. You may edit the default value for the choice here if the option is available.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the choice. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the choice will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Do Not Randomize: This option is only available if the "randomize" general option is selected. Checking this box will force the line to remain stationary. To watch a video tutorial, click here.
  • Optional: This option is only available if the "mandatory" general option is selected. When checked it will allow for the choice to become optional and non-mandatory.
  • Hidden: The option will hide the choices from respondents.
  • More Options: Use the drop down menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "raw options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.

4.3:  Row (Rankable Item) Options

These options only affect specific column (i.e., rankable item) line attributes.

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  • Label: The label assigned to the row. You may edit the default label for the row here.
  • Data Value: The value assigned to the row in the data. You may edit the default value for the row here if the option is available.
  • Show If: Allows you to create new logic conditions or select an existing logic condition for the row. For more information, click here.
  • Languages: Select what languages the row will show in if the survey has multiple languages. The default is "all languages."
  • Do Not Randomize: This option is only available if the "randomize" general option is selected. Checking this box will force the line to remain stationary. To watch a video tutorial, click here.
  • Optional: This option is only available if the "mandatory" general option is selected. When checked it will allow for the row to become optional and non-mandatory.
  • Hidden: This option will hide the row from respondents.
  • No Answer: This option will replace the radio button form with an exclusive check box form. It is primarily used if there is a "Don't know" or "None of these" answer choice in the question.
  • More Options: Use the drop down menu to select less commonly used options. Once selected, you will be able to specify the setting for that option. For more information on each option, click here.
  • Raw Options: If you prefer to manually enter the XML options, use the "Raw Options" dialog. This is useful for copying and pasting options between survey elements.