Advanced Survey Utilities

This menu selection allows the survey response database (DBF file) to be changed after responses have been entered.

Change Text Response Length
Text response lengths can vary from 1 character up to 240 characters. Shorter lengths allow for faster searching, and longer lengths allow for more information. Choose a Text Response Question (Open text, Multiple Choice/Other, or one of the Email Info fields. The current length is displayed. Change the spinner to the new length. Then click the Modify DBF button.

Add Email Fields to DBF Response File.
Earlier versions of WISCO Survey did not support extra DBF fields for additional survey information. The extra fields added are User Name, email address, IP address, and User Information. Additional filtered and frequency analyses can be performed on these extra text fields.

Deleting DBF Response File
Clicking the Delete Response DBF File button will send the response file to the Recycle bin. For example, if sample data was entered in the survey, you would want to delete that data before beginning to record actual surveys.

Advanced Utilities

Change Question Type
The survey question types determine the amount of space reserved in the response database. Version 4 of WISCO Survey Power had limits of 9 choices for some questions. Version 5 added 3 question types that allowed questions to have 25 choices. Multiple Choice, Multiple Scale, and Multiple Rank questions have both small (9) and huge (25) options. The 3 question types can be changed to their huge options. Survey response files may need to be converted so response files can be merged, etc.

Open Text questions have always had a limit of 240 characters. Version 6 introduced memo fields, which do not have a length limit. Open text questions can be converted to the Memo field question type with this selection. One limitation of the memo text entry is that the memo text can not be included in some analyses. Memo fields are saved in a separate DBT file.

The question number must match the question type selected by the radio button. Then click Change question to convert the question and response file to the new formats.

Advanced Options
Some WISCO Survey options are not used very often. Other options are only used for diagnostic purposes. Some options are used by customers who have paid for additional custom programming to add features to the WISCO Survey program to meet their specialized needs. Other option codes will remain confidential.

For example, if the option "COLORS" was entered in the edit box, and the perform Option button was clicked, the background colors used for the HTML reports and Web pages would be reset to their default colors.

Prior to version 5.40, there was no check by the program to DBase limit the record size to 4000 characters. The WISCO Survey program was usually able to handle files that exceeded the Dbase limit, but many other programs could not read these industry standard Dbase files. By using the option "RECSIZE", the 4000 character limit is ignored, so the user can convert survey text question types to memo fields, etc. suitable for other programs.

Enter the code in the edit box, then click the Perform Option button. If you did not hear a single beep, the option was performed successfully. The code will be cleared from the edit box after completion.

BackUp survey question and data files can either be manually erased or automatically erased by setting the Survey Preferences file backup management section. The manual setting requires you to delete any backup WISCO Survey Power backup files. The backup files can be deleted using Windows Explorer or by clicking the Clean out data backups now button. BackUp files are located in the BackUp folder, and have the extension .BAK.

Setting the Survey Preferences file backup management to automatic will delete any backup Survey Power backup files that exceed the number of days set by the spinner. The backup files can also be deleted using Windows Explorer or by clicking the Clean out data backups now button. BackUp files are located in the BackUp folder, and have the extension .BAK. If automatic is selected, the backup files are deleted when WISCO Survey Power is started.

Page last updated: October 10, 2006