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    poll multiple choice/selection

    (Preface: I chose not to post the poll message at this time; the image is from a failed attempt).
    I began to set up the first of my two polls, then found that the Lounge Poll delivers a series of option buttons, and that users would be able to vote for one product only.
    I wanted the poll to be inclusive, showing across the board which Microsoft desktop applications VBA devices were in use.
    For example, I use Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint; but there seems to be no way for me to register this in a poll.

    I considered a negative-poll ("I do NOT use ..."), but this surely would run into the same problem: How do I register three products I do not program in VBA.

    Am I correct in my interpretation of the mechanism of the poll? It seems to allow only one choice per lounger.
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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Yes, a poll lets the user select one choice, just like the poll feature on all other discussion forums that I know. The Lounge software doesn't support multiple choice polls.

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Not knowing anything about Lounge software, the clue for me has always been the Windows GUI form of a circular button (one choice, either or, radio button) as opposed to the square button (pick one or more, checkbox). Silly I know, but that's how I think of it...

    Edited a couple minutes later. I'm glad I said I know nothing about the software, for I just noticed lots of places in user profile settings pages where circular buttons are used for making many selections. doh...

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    You could set up a separate post for each application, and create a poll with Yes and No as options in each of these posts. (You cannot include more than one poll in a post)

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    <img src=/S/nerd.gif border=0 alt=nerd width=20 height=21> Just had this discussion with colleagues at work and it is amazing how something so conceptually simple is misunderstood. A number of the people here thought that a radio button only has two states , Selected or Not Selected. In fact the radio button has three states and is know as tri-state and are capable of being in three states: unchecked, mixed, and checked in that order. Anyway, I don't know why I suddenly brought that up but thought I would share <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    You aren't the only one who thought that the radio button was for choosing only one option and the square was used for multiple choices. Long time ago, in a Win95 class, this is how the professor distinguised between the two. Apparently, according to Jezza's <img src=/S/nerd.gif border=0 alt=nerd width=20 height=21> post, it can be used for more than I originally learned in class. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Learn something new everyday! Keeps the brain in shape! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    The best example I can think of a triple state is in an Access form and the use of the option group, say I add three radio buttons to the option group whose defined property values are 1, 2 and 3 respectively. If one of those radio buttons are clicked the option group "takes" that value of 1 , 2 or 3 dependent on which one is clicked. However, you can have an option group where none of the radio buttons are selected and this is the third state. So in short the values of a triple state is -1 , 0 or Null

    I had to develop a small application a few years back when the business user was adamant that the first option was selected (her preferred option, ho hum political!!!) as this would be selected and the user may not change it, however my bosses said no and I coded it such that if the group had no selection it errored out. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>
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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    So, in this article ( Radio button - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) I suppose that
    <hr>...where none of the radio buttons are selected... <hr>
    is what you meant in your previous. I see now.
    <hr>From the Wiki article: It is possible that initially none of the radio buttons in a group are selected. This state cannot be restored by interacting with the radio button widget (but it may be possible through other user interface elements). <hr>

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Correct <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    You often see these tri-state option buttons in Word. If you select a large amount of text and look at format Font, or Format Paragraph you will see a tick if all the text has that attribute, a blank box if none of the text has that attribute, and a grey square if you have selected a mixture of text.

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    By selecting "a large amount of text" do you mean a document that is more than one page long or is one page enough? And is this something that depends on the version of the application? I have MS2000 and I selected three fourths of a page/clicked on format/font and didn't see the option buttons. I also tried the format paragraph choice and that didn't do it either....... So I must not be doing something correctly. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>


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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    You should see the effect that Stuart describes if not all the selected text has the same formatting - for example if you select three lines of text of which one has been formatted with Strikethrough, the Strikethrough check box will be gray. This will also happen if you select more than 50 paragraphs of text, even if the formatting is the same for all of the selected text.

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Sorry for asking since I no longer have Word onboard. But are the aspects of Word that you and Stuart are describing RADIO buttons or have we drifted somewhat off the original topic?

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Strictly speaking, they are check boxes, not radio buttons. But the same principles apply - check boxes and radio buttons are different-looking manifestations of the same control. The convention is to use check boxes for situations in which more than one option can be selected, and radio buttons for mutually exclusive options.

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    Re: poll multiple choice/selection

    Hi Hans - now that you say these can be check boxes instead of the radio buttons that we were first discussing, I finally understand! I should have posted a picture of the view I was seeing and the puzzle would have been solved quickly. Thanks to Al's question and your explanation, I am "with the program" once again. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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