A questionnaire style determines default settings of questions, labels and controls used during questionnaire creation. These are the initial values, a control assumes right after it is inserted on the screen. These are the same values, which are listed in the properties window. The goal of style creation is to reduce the time needed to create a questionnaire, in result of which changes to control properties are made only when necessary. This eliminates the need to define e.g. font, background color, txt color for each question, which in most cases are the same for the whole questionnaire.

User may adapt the appearance of questions and the answer list to client requirements. Having selected the Editing styles item from the top menu, the list of available styles will be shown.

User may:

  • change the current style to another (the list will show in upper-left corner)
  • add new () and delete () current style
  • rename
  • copy () current style
  • download a style from the server () and send a style to the server ()
  • edit basic properties of screens being created (resolution, grid size, document back-ground color, margins, etc.)
  • edit label properties (window alignment, color and border size, font color and size, etc.)
  • edit default parameters for all questions (display style, active color, insert a default background from an external file for the whole project, background and border colors, margins, font, positioning elements, etc.)
  • more detailed parameters for individual types of questions
  • enter settings for individual graphic elements

If no style, is assigned to the project, it will be generated using the default style.

After all parameters are defined, user has to validate changes. If user clicks Cancel original pre-modification settings will be restored and the style menu will be invoked.

A style contains only default parameters of questions displayed on screens. In CAWI surveys, also borders, buttons, customer logos, etc. are modified in addition to the style. These elements can be changed in the template.pg. file. These modifications are often saved along with the template.

Questionnaire properties are stored on the server, in a local version of the editor in-stance and in the questionnaire. If a global style needs to be created for the whole company, it is recommended to use the export the style to server.

If user wants to send someone a questionnaire based on a style defined only on a local computer, they do not have to send the style additionally, as it is automatically saved along with the questionnaire.