QT Created Forms vs IDE Created Forms
Features of All-text Instruments with QT Created Forms
- Question text as well as software commands reside in an ASCII file. These character-based forms are automatically converted to graphical forms, which can then be edited if desired.
- Local commands and/or global parameters can be used to
- automatically generate text boxes, option buttons, check boxes, combo boxes, and/or command buttons for data input
- change foreground and background colors
- change fonts, including different fonts for different languages in the same instrument
Tools are available to create SDA and DDL files to analyze and document the data.
Limitations: Form layout and design is limited with text-based authoring; limited color selections; slider controls for data input not available.
Features of Instruments Using IDE Created Forms
- Data can be entered using check boxes, list boxes, comboboxes, and sliders, as well as the controls mentioned for All-Text Instruments.
- Color selection
- is unlimited in a simple palette format
- can be seen as the form is being created
- can be displayed conditionally
Favorite forms can be copied and reused, with or without editing.
Limitations: Tools for generating SDA and DDL files still under development.
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