Mark Area

Mark Area

Set the Properties of Mark Areas in Mark Area Properties, where you can modify the look, values, fieldnames and functionality of selected Mark areas.

Mark Area Panel Double click on a mark area or select it and click 'Set Properties' in the 'Mark Area' panel to open 'Mark Area Properties' or quickly modify a 'Preset Style' or 'Aggregation Rule' to any Mark Area using the options.

Fragments
Mark Area Properties
Data Export Settings (Captured Data)
Column Order
Mark Area Settings
Mark Value Editor
Modify Checkbox Style
Preset Styles
Aggregation Rule
OMR ID Grid: Mark Area Properties
Barcode Reader Area Properties


Fragments

The checkboxes are contained in a fragment which stops mark areas from coming into contact with each other. The fragment padding, is the white area between the checkbox borders and the red fragment outline, as seen in a Preview check or a Captured Data Image Preview.

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Mark Area Properties.

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Data Export Settings (Captured Data)

Duplicate captured data or score fieldnames, would cause corruption with the storage of captured data. As mark areas are added to or duplicated on the segment, FormReturn automatically gnerates a unique 'Captured Data Field Name' and 'Score Field Name', in numerical sequence, using the default prefix. The default prefix can be modified in Capture Preferences

Captured Data Field Name

The Captured Data Field Name is the uniqe fieldname which is used for the storage of the captured data from each mark area. Note: When a form template will contain multiple segments, no Captured data fieldname can be exactly the same as a captured data fieldname in any of the other segments.

Important: The Captured Data Field Name can't contain any spaces or symbols.


Score Field Name

The Score Field Name is the uniqe fieldname used for the storage of captured scores using the aggregation rule.

Important: The Score field name cannot contain any spaces or symbols.


Column Order

The order index of Captured Data fieldnames and Score fieldnames is automatically generated using numeric sequence, when each mark area is added or duplicated on the segment.

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The column order of the captured data fieldname and the score fieldname for the first mark area added to a segment puts them in order under each other in stored captured data, and alongside each other in exported captured data.

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The Order of captured data fieldnames and score fieldnames in stored Captured Data

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The order of captured data fieldnames and score fieldnames in exported captured data.

View a Screencast on Ordering and naming columns in your exported data.


Mark Area Settings

'This Mark Area Is A Reconciliation Key' - Reconciles the captured ID number from an ID grid, to the respondent's record in the Source Data Table.

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'Combine Checkbox Column Characters' - The captured characters from the grid will be combined to read as a String number.

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Mark Value Editor

Modify the mark values of checkboxes in the selected mark area.

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When a mark area of 5 checkboxes if first added to the segment, it will automatically have values of A,B,C,D and E. When the number of checkboxes is increased there will be no automatically added values and they must be named manually.

To name or re-name the Mark Values: Click on each column in the Mark Value panel and type the name.

Use the keyboard arrow keys or tab to move along to the next column or use your mouse.


Modify Checkbox Style

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#Rows and #Columns: the number of checkboxes, vertically or horizontally in the mark area.
Vertical Space: spacing between each checkbox.
Horizontal Space: spacing between each row of checkboxes.
Box Width: the checkbox width in pixels.
Box Height: the checkbox height in pixels.
Box Weight: the border weight of the checkboxes.
Box Roundness: the style / shape of the checkbox.
Font Size: the size in pixels of the font in the Mark area values.
Font Brightness: the darkness of the font within checkboxes ( If the font is too dark the mark threshold setting may need to be modified).
Visible Checkbox Text: when the box is checked, the text will show inside the checkboxes.

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Preset Styles

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When a Mark Area style has been set up in Mark Area Properties, it can be saved as a Preset Style so it can be used again when designing a new segment.

Click 'Save Current Settings As New Preset Style'. Type a name for the new 'Preset Style'.

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Click OK.

The Preset Style saves the checkbox style, checkbox spacing, Mark area values, and the Mark aggregation rule.

Restore a saved Preset Style:

To use the saved 'Preset style': Add a new checkbox mark area to the segment and double click on it to open Mark Area Properties. Select the name of the saved Preset Style from the drop down list. Click Restore.

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Keep selected the attributes to restore for the new mark area.


Apply a Preset Style for a selection of mark areas already added to the segment.

Select the checkbox mark areas

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Select the Preset Style from the drop down menu in the Mark Areas Panel.

Click 'Apply Style'.


Remove a saved Preset Style.

Select the Preset Style from the drop down list and click the "Remove" button.


Reset To Defaults Button.

Will restore original default settings in 'Mark Area Properties'.

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Aggregation Rule

The Aggregation rule is optional and is used to give a score to one or more checkboxes in the mark area.

Set an Aggregation Rule

Example 1:

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When A?+1 is typed into the Aggregation Rule, the respondent would receive a one point score if they marked A.

Test the Aggregation Rule.


Example 2:

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The placement of a :(colon) denotes a Ternary Operation which means what is typed after the colon: applies to all other checkboxes in the question. When A?+1:-1 is typed into the Aggregation Rule, all filled in checkboxes other than A, will receive a -1 score. To make checkbox C the correct answer, the Mark Aggregration rule would be C?+1:-1 .


Example 3:

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For a separate score for each checkbox, type the Mark Aggregation rule for each checkbox separated by a colon.


Test the Aggregation Rule

Type the Aggregation Rule.

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Click 'Test'.

In the 'Marked Response(s)' field, type checkbox values to test the rule.

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Click Test Rule. Check the Calculated Score. Do this a few times to test the rule. If you are satifsfied the rule works correctly, save it by clicking "Save Rule".


OMR ID Grid: Mark Area Properties.

Set 'Mark Area Properties' to make the ID Grid a reconciliation key, connecting the captured data to a source data record for the respondent.

Change the 'Captured Data Field Name' for the grid, by typing the Source Data fieldname where the records are stored, exactly as the fieldname appears in the table.

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'This Mark Area is a Reconciliation Key' - Uses the 'Captured Data fieldname' and for the grid and captured ID number, to reconcile the captured data from a form, with the respondent's record in the Source Data Table.

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'Combine Checkbox Column Characters' The captured values from the grid, combine as a single String: number as in the image below, otherwise the captured values would read as separate characters for each marked checkbox.

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Barcode Reader Area Properties

Double click on the "barcode area" or click "Set Properties" in the Barcode Reader panel, to open the "Barcode Reader Area Properties".

Data Export Settings (Captured Data)
Barcode Capture Settings
Barcode Area Design

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Data Export Settings:

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  1. When the barcode label will be used for connecting the captured data with a record in the Source Data table, the 'Captured Data Fieldname' must be typed exactly as it appears in the Source data table where the connecting records are stored.

  2. When the affixed barcode is being used to capture particular information about the respondent, the Captured Data Field Name can be any name you choose.

Column Order: Is the position of the captured data fieldname in the stored captured data and the exported captured data.

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Column Order 1, puts the position of the captured data fieldname for the barcode area, before the captured data fieldnames for the checkbox mark areas. - - - - - -

Barcode Capture Settings:

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'This Barcode is A Reconciliation Key': The captured barcode label information will connect the checkbox captured data to the record in the source data table.

Detect barcode type: Auto detect the barcode type or choose the barcode type from the drop down menu.


Barcode Area Design:

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  • Show or Hide Barcode Area Corners.

  • Corner Length Divisor: Modify the length of the barcode area corners. Use them as a guide for getting the barcode label straight when affixing it to the form. Important Information: the barcode label must fit neatly within the barcode area corners.
  • Show or Hide Barcode Area Text.

  • Barcode Area Text: Modify the text that appears in the Barcode Area.
  • Click OK: to save changed settings.
  • Reset to Defaults: change the settings back to the default Barcode Reader settings.
  • Cancel: Exits Barcode Reader Settings without changes taking effect.