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void registerVariable(string variableName)

In PHP, a variable is normally only valid within one PHP code element. By using registerVariable(), a variable can be made available for all following PHP code elements.

  • variableName
    A string (in quotation marks) with the name of the variable. This cannot be the variable itself (e.g. $item), a string with the name of the variable (e.g. 'item').

Example 1

In the following example, on page 1, three items are taken from the items in question “AB01”. Following this, the question is asked with these three items – and, on a later page, question “ABO2” is asked with these exact same three items.

// Take three items from question AB01
$itemlist = random_items('AB01', 3);
// Show the respective question
question('AB01', $itemlist);
// Register variable $itemlist

As the variable $itemlist was made available for other pages in the questionnaire, you can just carry on working with $itemlist in another PHP code element.

question('AB02', $itemlist);

Example 2

On page 4 in the questionnaire, a rather complicated filter is used to determine whether the participant falls into group 1 (prospective clients or clients preparing to do business), or group 2 (current clients). Different questions will be shown later on the in the questionnaire resulting from this classification.

if (
  (value('BB01') == 1) or
  ((value('BB02') < 3) and (value('BB04') == 2)
) {
  $group = 1;
} else {
  $group = 2;

The variable $group can also be used later on in the questionnaire.

if ($group == 1) {
} else {
if ($group == 1) {
  question('BX04', '1-3,5,6');
} else {
  question('BX04', '1-5,7,9');

Tip: As the group will also be important in the analysis, the use of put() and, on later pages, value() would arguably be more effective here.

Example 3

4 questions (“AB01” to “AB04”) are displayed with their associated text elements (“text1” to “text4) – but in random order. Therefore, an array is shuffled on page 1 of the questionnaire and made available for the following pages with registerVariable(). For further details, please see chapter Rotation.

$questions = array(
  array('AB01', 'text1'),
  array('AB02', 'text2'),
  array('AB03', 'text3'),
  array('AB04', 'text4')

On the following four pages, each question and text element, which can be found in the corresponding position in the array, is displayed.

en/create/functions/registervariable.txt · Last modified: 04.03.2016 14:57 by cristinamendonca
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