Can I return only the filled values and their labels of a Grade field?

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    majeedg
    Asked on February 20, 2011 at 06:43 PM

    I have a form with a lot of Grade fields that each have a lot of selections. 

    As an example, currently, the form returns this...

    Red =
    Green =
    Blue = 25
    Yellow =
    Black = 75

    Is it possible, instead, to return this?

    Blue = 25
    Black = 75

    Thanks in advance.

    m

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    abajan
    Answered on February 22, 2011 at 05:42 AM

    No, that's not presently possible in emailed notifications but when the record is viewed, unfilled fields and their labels will be hidden by default. (If you ever want to see the unfilled fields too, click the little gear icon below the "Delete" button) :

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    majeedg
    Answered on February 22, 2011 at 01:44 PM

    Thank you.  Yes, I saw that.  This works well for items regular text/numeric fields and even radio or checkbox fields, but unfortunately has no effect on Grade fields since the 'empty fields' are stored as a part of the returned value. As a result, even if none of the options of a Grade field are filled, a string is still returned filling the resulting submission with unnecessary cruft.  See below for an example.

    As an aside, there are some inconsistencies with this behaviour and there appears to be a bug in the display of the Grade field result set as well. 

    I've set up a test form to illustrate.

    Test Form

    Here is an email response with all fields filled and then some fields filled:

    Email Response All Filled

    Email Response None Filled

    Notice how the Radio Buttons and Check Box fields are nowhere to be seen?  If this is inadvertent, yet possible, then it could be applied to other fields as well and called a feature.

    Then there's the report view from the same submissions:

    Report View All Filled

    Report View None Filled

    Notice How the Total shows 100% regardless of what's been filled in?  

    To be honest, I can live with the display bug showing 100% since that is only useful to me during data entry.  It's the filled values I want to find quickly and easily without confusion once it's been submitted.  My use case currently has 18 Grade Fields with one having 60 items to choose from.  It seems unnecessary to return such a large amount of information, based on it's current behaviour, when as many as 59 of them may be empty upon submission.

    What would be great to see is a setting for the Grade Field that allows you to select what gets sent. "Send unfilled items" or something to that effect.  

    Thanks,

    Majeed

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    aytekin
    Answered on February 23, 2011 at 06:28 AM

    None of the images are visible on this thread. Please use this link to post your images:

    http://www.jotform.com/help/image_upload.php

    This is an internal tool, but I don't see a problem with letting anybody use it in this forum.

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    majeedg
    Answered on February 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Thanks mate.

    They looked fine for me but I've used the upload script you suggested.  Let me know if the images are still not showing up.

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    aytekin
    Answered on February 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    You should probably reset the emails. To do that:
    1. Open your form on the Form Builder
    2. Click on "Setup and Share" tab,
    3. Click on "Email Alerts",
    4. Select "Notification",
    5. Click on "Delete Email" button,
    6. Click on "Email Alerts" again,
    7. Click on "Add New Email" and complete the wizard,
    8. Save your form.

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    majeedg
    Answered on February 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Great!  Done.  What will that do?