At Parallel you can find different types of fields to create and adapt your petitions to what you need.
We have created this brief guide to describing each of the fields you can include in a petition, together with an image of how to add them and how the recipients will see them when they receive your petitions. Let's get started!
The field section helps you and your recipients distinguish between the different sections and subsections of the petition.
In a section, you can also add a description to clarify any doubts your recipients may have, or simply to let them know the type of questions and information they will be asked to provide in that section.
Recipients will see each section as in the image below:
It also helps to separate the different sections of a petition in the petition's table of contents to make it easier to find your way around.
As the name suggests, the short replies field is useful for questions with specific answers that will be short and concise.
When they receive the petition, they will see the question with a single-line input to answer.
The long replies field is intended for those questions where you need a longer answer from the recipients and require more than one line.
By using this field, recipients will have a larger space where they can develop their answers and include several lines if needed.
Documents and files
This field allows recipients to attach any documents and files you need, such as copies of ID cards, contracts, photos or any other type of document or file.
This will allow recipients to upload or drag and drop the documents and files you need.
The multiple choice field has been created for those questions with a closed list of answers. You can choose whether the recipient can reply by selecting only one answer or more than one.
The recipient will see a list of possible answers and will be able to choose from them.
Select type of questions also allow you to enter answer options, but the recipient will see a drop-down list with the options.
When recipients access the petition, answers will be hidden until they select the drop-down menu to choose one of them.
The conditional drop-down field is used to create drop-down menus that dynamically adjust their options based on the recipient's response to the previous option (nested answers).
For example, if a recipient has to select a State, it will not be the same if they choose Arizona or Ohio, the cities that will be shown will be different.
To configure this field, select the Field settings, and create an Excel file with the answers you need. You will find an example of the Excel you need to upload in this field.
The Excel table must follow the following format:
- First row: The values will be used as the title of the options.
- Columns: The left column is the first option that the recipient will have to choose. It is also used to group the values from the right column. To import the options correctly, the value in the left column must be repeated for each nested option in the right column. To create more levels of nested options, add as many columns as you need.
When you upload the Excel table in Parallel, you will see that the column headings of the file will appear as titles of the answers' categories.
In the following images, we can see the example of the States and cities mentioned above.