Use case: Currently, text formatting is a powerful but painful tool to use. The power comes from being able to style text in a certain way to draw interviewers’ attention to it. The pain is having to write
<font color="maroon">text to highlight</font> every time that text styling is desired–and the greater pain of changing the styling globally (e.g., maroon is not as visible as
#F99E09. For most surveys, there are 2-3 types of text to be styled:
- Key words. Example: What is the highest class that you have reached?
- Recall period. Example: How much did you pay for electricity in the past 30 days?
- Changing parts. Example: How old was [NAME] at their last birthday?
What’s desired is the ability to create CSS classes in a resource file, and use them. This makes it easier to tweak the class globally, and–importantly–easier to use them with fewer keystrokes. Examples:
Key words. Example: What is the
.key[highest class]that you have reached?
Recall period. Example: How much did you pay for electricity in
.recall[the past 30 days]?
Changing parts. Example: How old was
.row-name[@rowcode]at their last birthday?
The class names would be user-defined–for example, the
row-name above. The definitions of the classes would be done in Designer’s advanced panel.
- Add place in advanced panel to create classes
- Add to compiler checks on validity of CSS classes (optional)
- Create convenience classes for users
- Pre-populate every questionnaire with these classes
- Agree on classes outside of SuSo
- Apply them systematically using existing
- (Hope no one changes their mind about style)