The inspector has become less important over time, but it still has some uses. All the things you can do in the Inspector can now be done at other places, except Hint and the exact position of an interface. Hint and the exact position of interfaces are almost never relevant, because on the web the presentation layer takes over.

In the Inspector you can list the selected interface’s properties and change them. To do so, simply select an interface and the properties of that interface will be visible in the Inspector. The Inspector can be made visible via [View > Layout > Full], but you need the professional version of the Studio to do so.

The Inspector
The Inspector

The screen contains the following fields:

  • Variable name: the name of the item (readonly);
  • Type: the data type of the item, i.e. the specification of the response options;
  • Input type: the item’s widget type (radio button, drop-down list etc…). The list depends on the Type. You cannot combine type text with input type checkbox;
  • Value: shows the possible answers from the data type. You can optionally pass a default value here;
  • Hint: you can set the text of a tooltip that the end user will see if she hovers with the mouse over the item on the interface. On the web this functionality is seldom used;
  • Top and Left specify where to position an item, measured from the top resp. the left margin of the question screen, in pixels;
  • Height and Width specify the dimensions of the selected item, in pixels;
  • Style: choose the item’s style definition;
  • Information: with the Information Source Manager (ISM) you can connect additional information, such as relevant legislation, to a question. This information will be shown to the end user by way of hyperlinks. You can call the ISM from the inspector by clicking the button next to the field ‘information’, and it is available from the Interface item itself. Here you can read how to add information sources to the item.