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Date/time questions

This question type asks respondents to enter a date in the format DD/MM/YYYY and/or time in the format HH:MM. If respondents have Javascript enabled in their browsers, they will also be able to enter the date using a date picker calendar.

To create a date/time question:

  1. In the survey builder icon Survey builder, decide where you want to place your question and click Add item.
  2. Select date question icon Date question, time question icon Time question or date time question icon Date and time question. The question editor will open.
  3. Enter your question into the Question text box. You can also add formatting and hyperlinks.
  4. Set up any advanced options, if required.
  5. Click Add question.

Your question will appear inside a box on the main survey builder page. You can preview it by clicking on the preview icon Preview icon at the top of the page it appears on. If you want to make any changes to it, click on the edit icon Edit question icon. To move, copy or delete it, click on the action icon Question actions icon.

Optional settings and advanced options

There are a number of settings that you can apply to date/time questions, including:

  • Optionality & Dependency: You can choose to make a question optional or required (compulsory).
  • Show optionality: Ticking this box displays the word “Optional” or “Required” (as appropriate) next to the question text.
  • Start/End date/time: Answers which fall before the start date/time or after the end date/time will be rejected and the respondent will be prompted to enter another answer.
  • Initial date and/or time for the question: This is the date/time displayed by default.
  • Show validation: This option displays a message to the respondent which sets out the date/time range specified by you. This is set to be shown by default.
  • More info: Use this text box to add an explanation or further information to your questions. This text will not be displayed by default to respondents, but will be shown to them if they click on more info icon More info. If you wish additional information to be visible by default, use the survey builder to add a note to the question instead.
  • Alternative question text for use in exports: If your question text is long, you can enter a shorter version here which you can choose to use instead of the full question text if you export your results data. This alternative text will not be visible to respondents.
  • Pre-population parameter: Pre-populate this question with information you already know about individual or groups of respondents.
  • Question visibility if answer is pre-populated: Use this setting to display or hide the pre-populated question.