This article will cover the basic functions of the Edit mode

When you open up your Test & Publish tab in the questionnaire engine, you’ll notice 4 modes: Edit mode, Test mode, Queue mode and Live mode. Whatever changes you are making within the questionnaire and whatever updates you are doing, they are always done in the edit mode. In other words, Edit mode reflects the questionnaire the way it is perceived in the questionnaire tab.

Let’s take a look at the column of the edit mode.

The data that is reflected here concerns a short description of what the edit mode entails as well as basic version information such as the version number of the questionnaire that is currently active for, the user that did the last modifications to the questionnaire and the timestamp concerning this modification.

At the bottom there are three actions you can perform on this mode: Copy, move and comment.

Since the edit mode is always the questionnaire that is active for editing, this mode may never be empty. Therefore it is simply not possible to move a questionnaire to another mode without leaving a copy of the questionnaire in edit mode itself. This means that the “move” button is greyed out.

When clicking the copy icon, you can choose to copy this questionnaire to Test mode, Queue mode, Live mode or the archive. As soon as you duplicate the questionnaire to another phase, the questionnaire that remains in Edit mode will get an increased version number. The copy that is created in the mode that you selected will keep its original version number.

Please note: The Edit mode will always have the highest version number. This is due to the fact that the questionnaire that is active for editing is always the latest version of the questionnaire.

Finally we have the comment icon. It is important to keep track of what version number embodies what changes in a questionnaire. Clear comments make it easier to look up and retrieve a former questionnaire when needed.