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    How Can I Make a Table Using The Free Text Tool?

    Asked by GeekTips on March 03, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Can I have a data dictionary for the fields/answers on my survey please. e.g. a table showing each question and then coloumns with each type of answer and validation rules etc


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    JotForm Support

    Answered by abajan on March 03, 2012 at 05:39 AM

    By "data dictionary" I think you mean a reference table. Do the following:

    1. Go to http://tablegen.nfshost.com/

    2. Enter the number of rows according to the number of fields for which instructions are going to be given, enter "2" in the "Columns" box and click "Change Table Size"

    3. Check the "First Row Contains Headers" box

    4. In the first row of the newly created table, type Field in the first cell and What To Enter in the second cell

    5. List the fields in the first column and their respective instructions in the second column

    6. Click "Generate HTML for Table":

    7. If the preview at the bottom of the page is okay, copy the generated code to your clipboard

    8. Load the form into the form builder and click Power Tools > Free Text (HTML)

    9. Click HTML in the form builder toolbar, select "Click to edit this text..." and paste the table that was copied to the clipboard. (In the first line of the code, change border=1 to border="1")

    10. If the table is not in the correct position, click and drag it up or down until it is. (Alternatively, click the field's Properties icon and then either "Move Up" or "Move Down" as the case may be.)

    That's pretty much it. Below is an example of such a form:

    (Click image to see live form)


    Of course, the table can be styled to your preference. If you need help with this or any other aspect of the form, do let us know.

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    Answered by sroyal on January 06, 2017 at 05:06 PM

    I have a question. If I generate a table and place it in JotForm, will the data entered in it be picked up by JotForm and reported with the rest of the information on the form?
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    Answered by Chriistian on January 06, 2017 at 09:54 PM

    Hi @sroyal,

    I have moved your concern on a separate thread so we can better assist you. You can check the thread here: https://www.jotform.com/answers/1028087. We will attend to your concern on that thread accordingly.