- Map out your form before you start by thinking about what questions you need to ask and the best way to ask them. For more information
- Start by placing a “Section”. Gadgets outside of a section won’t format properly. Sections can also be turned into pages (more on that later).
- Include a “Read-Only Text” gadget near the top of your page with a description of the form
TIP: Use the Form Builder Field Definitions to plan your build.
Managing Space & Length
- If your form is long, use multiple sections to break up the form
- Create separate pages for sections by selecting “Form Settings” in the top right, and selecting “Turn top-level sections into pages”
- Use “Limit Visibility based on other gadgets” to control which questions appear depending on previous answers. For more information
- Instead of having a long column of questions, drag questions next to each other by clicking the question box, selecting the 6 dots on the left side, and dragging to the location highlighted in blue. (Protip: If you are having a hard time getting the highlighted area to line up where you want it, go to the top right edge of that zone on the form)
Utilizing Advanced Widgets
- Use advanced widgets to keep data consistent instead of having users enter information that is already provided. Example:
- Instead of having a “short text” field for a name, use a “User Typeahead” field
- Instead of have a “short text” field for a subject, major, or minor, use an “External Data Dropdown” which provides those lists
- Instead of using a “User Typeahead” for a department chair, use a “Group Typeahead” filtered to “Department Chair”