A new type of Field has ben added into the Field Types in the Builder Page. It is a Slider field that enables users to slide the selector across the scale to the desired field/value. The Slider field retain the same properties as a Drop Down or a Single Selection OPTION Field.
There are a number of different ways to use a Slider Field. These fields can:
- Be used to display all or some slider options on the scale
- Be used as a Linked Option into other Event Forms
- Have Performance Standards applied to them.
- Have Performance Explanations applied to them.
- Be pulled through into the Performance Summary Reports (as options, NOT scores)
- Have data imported into these fields (e.g. you can import in the options, not the scores; just as for any option based field)
These fields cannot be used with the "Required field" setting. It does not work.
As part of their release, these fields are NOT recommended to be used in:
- Conditional Visibility: Conditional Visibility has NOT been enabled for these field types
- Databases- Not recommended for use in databases
- Training Blocks- Not recommended for use in training blocks as a completed field
- Yearly Plans- YOU CANNOT USE A SLIDER FIELD in the Yearly Plans Module because you cannot enter in data into the field in macrocycle view. Moreover, any additional rows built to show totals and sums will not calculate using this field.
Slider Fields have been added in as a new Field Type on the Builder
To Add in a new Slider Field, click on the Slider Field Type (this is available in the Custom Field Type Area)
A Blank Slider will display on the Form Preview.
Because the Slider Field is an Option Based Field, you need to write in the options and click update (just as for a single selection or a drop down field)
When you add in the options and click on update, the options will be evenly spaced along the Slider.
The Slider Length will NOT change, but as more options are added, the placement of the slider fields will automatically adjust
When you add in the options and click on update, the options will be evenly spaced along the Slider:
- 2 options: They appear at the start and the end of the slider
- 3 options: They appear at the start, middle and end of the slider
- 4 options: They appear at the start, 1/3 of the length and 2/3 of the length and at the end of the slider
- 5 options: They appear at the start, 1/4 of the length, 1/2 of the length, 3/4 of the length and at the end of the slider
- And so on.....
Slider fields are set up with almost identical field properties as single selection and drop down fields types.
Scores can be assigned to the options
The example here shows that scores are being assigned to the options. These can be used in calculations, sum etc.
N.B. If you use numbers (e.g. 1-10) as options, you MUST add in scores for these if you want to be able to undertake calculations with them; they are not recognised as numbers on the system.
N.B. If you assign scores to the options, you MUST use the correct calculation fields if you are going to options with scores
Choose if all, or only some, of the options are displayed on the Slider by using the "Slider Options Display" Advanced Field Property
The fields here all use the same A-E Options. Yet, different configurations appear depending on how the Fields Advanced Property Slider Options display is set (as outlined in the steps below).
Keep in mind that that for the sliders shown in this image, there is an odd number of options, so the the middle, and alternating options display as you would expect. However, if you have an even number of options, there is no middle, and displaying the "alternating" option would mean the last option would not appear. To overcome this, special rules were put in place to handle an even number of options; this is also outlined in the steps below.
Slider Options Display: All options
All options will appear
Slider Options Display: First and Last options
Only the First and Last options appear.
Slider Options Display: Alternating (for an odd number of options)
Only alternating options appear when you have an odd number of options.
Slider Options Display: Alternating options (for an even number of options)
The image here shows you how the options will be displayed when "alternating" is selected with an even number of options.
The system ALWAYS displays the first and last Slider options. So, when alternating is chosen for an even number of options, the system selects the most appropriate options to display to achieve an "alternating" pattern within the constraints of having to display the first and last options, as well as the alternating effect. The image here shows how the options display using 6,8,10 and 12 options for the Slider field.
Slider Options Display: First, Middle and Last Options (for an odd number of options)
Only the first, middle and last options appear.
Slider Options Display: First, Middle and Last Options (for an even number of options)
The image here shows you how the options will be displayed when "first, middle and last options" is selected with an even number of options.
An even number of slider options do not have a "middle" option. So, the system selects the most appropriate options to display to achieve a "middle" effect. The image here shows how the options display using 6,8,10 and 12 options for the Slider field.
Show Empty Slider Options: This sets whether a mark appears where there is no option showing (e.g. when options are set on alternating, or first-last etc)
The Mark does NOT appear, but the slider can still be moved along to th option.
Fill Colour: Sets the colour of the Slider Bar. Keep in mind that any Performance Standards colours will override this colour if there are any applied to this Event Form
The Slider Fields can be set to have a default value. This value will be preselected when the user enters data into the Event Form
All of the fields in the image here have had a default value set for them in the Advanced Field Properties. This option will appear when users enter in data into the event form (as shown in the image below)
The Slider Fields can be set to "Default to Last"
In the field's Question Settings, this field has been set to "default to last". On the right of the page, you can see that an entry was made for this athlete on the 3rd March 2014, and "none" was selected for this field. When a new entry is made (as shown here for the 11th Match 2014), the field automatically defaults to the last entered value of "none".
N.B. Please do NOT set any field to have BOTH a "Default Value" in the Advanced Field Properties, AND to be set to "Default to Last" in the Question Settings. This combination of field properties was NOT designed to work well together; choose one or the other (which ever best suits your requirements).
The Slider Fields do NOT adhere to the "Required" setting
The Slider automatically defaults to the first option on the Slider, so it is already selected when the Event is opened for entry. This means the required field status that can be set for other options type fields will NOT work for a Slider Field.
Slider Fields can be used in Tables, BUT you MUST set the Advanced Form Properties to "Default next cell" = "No Next Cell".
You can choose to alter the layout of Slider fields using the Section Properties
Athlete History: once the Data is entered into a Slider Field, the option is displayed in the Athlete History, just as for any other Option Type Field
If you generate a PDF or a PDF (form) of the data, only the selected option will be displayed, not the actual slider field
Reports: The options can be used as filters on reports
Locked View: If you have slider fields in an Event Form which will Lock, or is Locked, only the option selected by the athlete will appear when the locked form is viewed
The Slider Fields will appear with the correct layout on the m.html and ipad Versions
In Form Reports can be built using Slider Fields
In Form Charts can be built using Slider Fields. Be careful how you choose to display the data.
Performance Summary Reports can pull through the Slider Fields
N.B. Conditional Visibility does NOT work for Slider Fields.
Because the Slider field is set with similar properties to option fields, these advanced properties option to set these as a conditional appears. However, they are NOT functional and will NOT work. The image in the picture here shows that these options are NOT being set conditionally based on prior selections.