Tailoring survey settings
Snap Desktop can be configured with a number of different setup options for your surveys.
The buttons for many of the tailoring dialogs are shown in the table
Keep the changes until further alterations are made.
Keep the changes for the duration of the session (revert to original settings when the dialog is closed).
Abandon any changes.
- Variable Order shows the order that the variable are displayed, by name or ascending sequence number
- Show Overview Columns allows extra columns to be added to the content of the Variables window.
- Show Counts in Details shows the option for showing the response counts in the Variables window. The speed that the Variables window loads can be increased when the counts are not displayed. This can be used when there are a large number of responses.
The Reports Tailoring dialog sets how to export the report to the printer or to a file. If exporting to a file, you can import the results into a spreadsheet or other available file type.
Reports will be output to
Printer: Send the report to the printer in the specified layout
Export: Write the report to a file of the specified format and in the specified directory
Open the Page Setup dialog to specify how the report will be printed.
Open the File Details dialog to specify how the report files will be numbered, and whether the data will be appended or overwritten
Export file type
Specify the format of the file required by the package that you are exporting.
Snap Desktop is supplied with 13 standard dictionaries. Each is held in a separate file with the extension of .lex. The standard dictionary is selected under the Main Dictionary File option in the Spell Checker Options dialog. In addition, a further dictionary is provided to store the user’s own library of regularly used words that may not appear in the standard dictionaries. The supplied dictionary is called custom.dic and further specialist dictionaries can be created if it is necessary to keep regularly used and perhaps industry specific words in their own dictionary.
Snap Desktop is configured so that your preferred dictionary is loaded together with the custom dictionary. If a word is not located in the standard dictionary, the custom dictionary is searched. If the word is not located at all but is valid, then it can be stored in the custom dictionary for future use. You can change the custom dictionary by selecting Tailor | Spelling.
Always suggest corrections
Check to suggest possible correct spellings from the selected dictionaries
Suggest from main dictionaries only
Check to ignore the custom dictionary
Ignore words in UPPERCASE
Check to omit spell checking for words that are in all capitals, e.g. IBM, NEC, HAZARD, will be ignored.
Ignore words with numbers
Check to omit spell-checking for words that are include digits, e.g. frog1, rel8 will be ignored.
Ignore internet and file addresses
Check to omit word combinations that look like pathnames or internet addresses
Opens the Custom Dictionary dialog to allow you to add an extra dictionary containing your own words to. (They have a .dic file extension). Words unknown to the spell checker can be added to the selected custom dictionary
Opens the Main Dictionary dialog to allow you to add an extra language dictionary (Snap ignores common dictionaries by default. You may also add your own. They have a .lex file extension)
Questionnaire design tailoring
Set the default behaviour of the Questionnaire design window.
Switch to Design Mode when typing
Check to automatically change to Design mode from Style mode when you type
Switch to Design Mode by double-click
Check to automatically change to Design mode from Style mode when you double-click
Switch to Style Mode by double-click
Check to automatically change to Style mode from Design mode when you double-click
Favour style changes for font settings
If whole field selected, change the style when you change a font
Prompt for extended style assignments
Check to open Extended Style assignments dialog if you re-apply a style to a changed version of that style. (Allows changing the style to match the changes or over-writing the changes)
Automatically renumber questionnaire
Check to update the numbering so it runs in sequence if questions are re-ordered. Clear to keep the numbers as they are.
Mode and Colour
Set the selection colour highlight for the specified mode
Check to display all dropdown lists in full, uncheck to only display selected list
Hide boxes with data
Check to conceal the box outline around data in Data View
Show white space
Display space and paragraph markers
Show field borders
Use dotted lines to show the edges of the question components
Underline fallback font
If a specified character is not available in the selected font, underline the font used by Snap to display the character
Analysis variables tailoring
The Analysis Variables Tailoring dialog provides settings which control the overall presentation of analyses and dictate how missing data is to be handled.
Set to number of significant figures used in results
Set to number of decimal places used to display percentages
Set to number of significant figures used in calculation
Check to display in %signs
Completely exclude a case if one of its variable responses is missing
If a case has a missing variable response, substitute the mean of the other valid responses to the variable
You can use the tailoring dialog to specify:
- which language topic names are displayed in
- how the preview pane appears
Select language that the topic names are displayed in. This will be the same for all language versions.
Makes the topic name appear in the same language as the variables within the topic (set on the Reference window toolbar).
Languages associated with Survey/SurveyPak
Makes the topic name appear in the specified language, no matter which language you are viewing the variables in
Scale variable preview
Specify how the selected variable is previewed
Appears at same size and proportions as it would appear in the Questionnaire window
Scaled to fit window
Appears in the same proportions as it would appear in the Questionnaire window but scaled to fit in the preview pane
Scaled if too wide
As above, but only scaled if too wide to appear in the preview pane
Drawn to fit window
Appears at the same size as it would in the Questionnaire window, but with proportions suitable to the preview pane (possibly adding word or line breaks)
The General tab allows you to set the default settings for the way Snap opens.
Initial window to display
Open the survey in the specified view
Default publication medium
Specify the default edition for new surveys
Separate code lists using
Specify the text used in between variables when using text substitution with multiple variables. For example, “and” gives code1, code2 and code 3
Auto generated label length
Default length for code labels
Use colours in export to RTF
Include colours when exporting to rich text format files
Limit printed reports to a maximum of 500 pages
Truncate reports (required if reports contain many literal responses)
The Content tab shows settings for HTML publishing and images.
The Embedding tab specifies how the data is stored in the survey. By default all data is embedded.