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Writable Data Object Data Type Considerations

Beyond, basic examples such as mapping a date field to a to a question that captures currency will cause an error there are some finer details that should be noted when designing question sets for writable data objects.

Data Type

Appropriate Form Questions

Special Considerations

Text

Can be mapped to virtually any question, however typically mapped to a plain text or rich text box.
Can also be mapped to a multiple choice question, where the answer's selected value will be stored.

Mapped to Rich Text - Data captured will be in HTML format.
Mapped to multiple choice question where multiple items can be selected - the selection(s) will be saved as a pipe separated values (for example "blue|green|red")
Mapping to Data Question - The selected record's unique field should be saved. Where the data question allows multiple select the unique fields will be separated by a pipe as per multiple choice above.

Date

Text box with a date display type.

Number

Numeric Question or Text Question formatted to number or currency.

When formatted to currency the currency symbol will be removed before storing the data.

File (Binary)

File Upload Question

File Uploads require two components, the binary data of the uploaded file and its filename. Note the filename contains the file's extensions which determines how to open the file. See Image 1 Below.

Boolean (True/False)

Multiple Choice, display type check box.

Writable data objects mapped to multiple choice questions have two behaviour options:

  • write selected value
  • write checked
    Typically with write "selected values" selected a yes no style question is being referenced and should pass the term "true" or "false" to the data connection depending on the answer selected. Whereas for a check box styled question where each answer can be checked or unchecked individually the write checked behaviour is typically used.
    See image 2 and three below.
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Image 1: Saving the file data vs filename

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Image 2: Using the selected value of the question answer to populate a Boolean value. Usually there are only two answers where "true" or "false" is provided for the answer's value field.

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Image 3: Using the checked/unchecked value of the question answer via a checkbox(es) to populate a Boolean value. When an individual checkbox is selected a true will be passed and clearly false for unchecked. There can be one checkbox mapped to one Boolean field or multiple check boxes mapped to multiple Boolean fields.