Problem with Dynamic Data Attachments dates and select-Multiple


I am facing two issues related to Dynamic Data Attachments. First, I am having trouble pre-loading select-multiple responses from a parent form in a child form. I have tried the syntax in the Dynamic Data Attachments (Follow-up2.xlsx, attached) support article and syntax provides by Humanitarian Data Solutions (Follow-up.xlsx, attached). Neither seem to work.

Second, I am having trouble loading dates from a parent form into an xmlnote on the child form. This works fine when loading responses to select_one and select_multiple questions, but not a date question.

Three forms are attached here. The parent form (Registration), and two versions of the follow-up form. The ${P_date} does not appear in the xmlnote line. The responses to C_resource_concerns, C_bmps_discussed, C_funding_discussed, and C_barriers do not pre-load from the parent form.

Any help would be much appreciated. Please let me know if you have questions.

Follow-up2.xlsx (15.5 KB)
Follow-up.xlsx (15.7 KB)
Registration.xlsx (17.7 KB)

@DanielJohnRead, did you mean you tried the sample XLSForm shared in the support article, and that, too, did not work?

Hi @Kal_Lam, yes, I have tried amending the sample XLSForm in the support article, and was not able to get the responses to pre-load in the child form. If you are able to check over the forms attached to my previous post and suggest solutions, I would greatly appreciate it. I believe it has something to do with my groups, but am not sure.

Many thanks,

Hi @Kal_Lam, I just wanted to quickly check in again to see if you can help me identify the error in my XLS code. Any help is greatly appreciated!

All the best,

Hi, I just wanted to check if you were ever able to resolve this? I’m having the same problem where the text, select_one and date type questions are filling correctly, but the select_multiple questions are blank.

For example, if my form is called ‘same_form’ and I have a question ‘leader_types’ then instance(‘same_form’)/root/data[record_id = current()/…/prev_record_id]/leadership_questions/leader_types will be blank despite having a matching record id.

Hi @barbaraT,

I eventually got it to work and I think it was a combination of two things. First, Dynamic Data Attachments doesn’t like Groups. I ungrouped all questions in my child_form. I’ve seen others in this community who say that it works with Groups if you put the xml-external line within each group. But I haven’t tried this. Second, make sure you are running the most up-to-date version of Enketo Web Forms and Kobo. There was an update last month on Enketo (which updated when I refreshed the website while entering data into the form), and everything worked wonderfully after that.

Hope that helps. Best of luck to you.