The Checkboxes element offers the user a set of discrete options that allows the user to select one or more of the options.

 

Element Properties

Beyond the properties common to all elements, the Multiple Choice element has the following additional properties: 

 

PowerSchool Field

The PowerSchool field property works differently for the Checkboxes element. Instead of the field being linked to the element as a whole, a field is linked to individual choices. When the choice is checked, the value is written to the PowerSchool field. When the choice is unchecked, a blank value is written to the PowerSchool field. This functionality works well with True/False or checkbox fields in PowerSchool, such as Activities.

 

Choices

The Choices property allows you to set the discrete list of choices.

 

Selecting the radio button at the left of a choice makes it selected by default. Clicking the green icon adds a blank choice below that one. Clicking the red icon deletes the choice.

 

To have the value that’s stored in the database differ from the text that the user sees, enter the visible text, a vertical pipe, and then the database value.

 

If you have a large number of choices to add to the element, you can click the ‘Import Choices’ link, which opens a dialog box. In this window, you can enter all the choices, one per line. This is faster than adding each choice using the green icon. It is especially useful to use Import Choices if you have your list of choices already available in a text or spreadsheet document as you can copy your list from the document and paste it into the Import Choices dialog.

 

Layout

You can choose how the checkbox buttons are arranged on the form. Your choices are One Column, Two Columns, Three Columns, or Side By Side.