It looks like something changed recently and now all question hints added to questions in Kobo are exported in the resulting XML as jr:itext translations (whereas before regular ol’ English hint would just go in the XML as regular text). Does anybody know if this is a change in kpi form builder, or the (new) pyxform it is using to export the XML file?
OK. I see what is going on now… What used to be the ‘hint’ in the question settings popup has become “Guidance Hint”, whereas in the new UI the hint text is actually entered directly under the question label. I was mistaken and thought ‘hint’ was simply renamed to ‘guidance hint’ but now also editable from the question row. Whereas in fact there are now two distinct hints: the old regular one, and now a new so-called “Guidance Hint”.
The latter is associated with the ‘guidance’ form (whatever that is…) and is always itext’ed, but the good old regular hint - the one you edit directly from the question row (which isnot in settings anymore!) - is still exported as <hint>this is a hint</hint>
That’s right, the old Hint field is now right below the question label. We’ve made this change because both of these items are always visible on the screen during the interview. The hint is not “hidden” like the other settings.
The Guidance Hint shows up when you print your form in Enketo and can be used during training. Here are more details about this new feature and how it was implemented. Xform specs are here.
BTW I like this new approach - make more sense than having the hint ‘hidden’ under settings, and it makes the form builder look that much closer to how Enketo renders the form (ie WYSIWYG). I just didnt notice it and accidentally started mucking about with the the new ‘guidance’ hint by mistake…
we experienced a small disadvantage. We are with a survey with EN and Arabic language. The questions (choices etc., asked to the respondent) will be translated, but the hints (for the enumerators), should always be in EN. This is possible, but then the formating for both is automatically left-side. Any idea how to change this? (Even tricks like preceding AR letter in the EN hint didn’t offer a good solution).
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Thanks. One hint (EN or default) only, will NOT show up when you choose the other language. So, it cannot help the enumerator in her Arabic (AR) interview, except she would always switch the language (on top of the screen) to see it. Your feedback motivated us to dig deeper. It shows that 2 languages creates several challenges, esp. if you require a mix. I will put it in a new topic.Multi-language (AR/EN) survey.