[OS X TeX] Package/class for creating surveys

Charilaos Skiadas skiadas at hanover.edu
Fri Mar 30 23:49:41 CEST 2007

On Mar 30, 2007, at 2:52 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
> On Mar 30, 2007, at 8:52 AM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:
>> Here is an example of what I'd like. A LaTeX code that looks  
>> something like the following:
>> \begin{options}
>> 	\option Not really
>> 	\option Somewhat
>> 	\option Very much
>> \end{options}
>> Then this ideally would end up looking in both of the following  
>> two ways, depending on some easy option somewhere that I should be  
>> allowed to set:
>> one way:
>> Not really (little box to tick here)        Somewhat (another box  
>> here)       Very much   (another box here)
>> the other way:
>> Not really _____________    Somewhat ______________    Very much  
>> _______________
>> A cursory glance at the package did not really show me that it has  
>> the commands to do something like that, but perhaps I missed it.
> 1) I don't really understand why the LaTeX code above would be  
> preferable to using probsoln since the latter creates this kind of  
> code systematically: if you have only one "problem" in each problem  
> set file and let probsoln pick only one problem in each problem set  
> file, you should get the above effect. Or what am I missing?

> 2) Can't the "two ways" be achieved with a boolean?
> 3) Inasmuch as probsoln uses enumerate for the choices, shouldn't  
> it be possible to use "Not really", "Somewhat" and "Very much"  
> instead of a., b., and c.?

Guess I am answering 1 through 3 here: I would simply like for the  
box or straight lines to be created automatically by the command, and  
I just didn't see an example in the probsoln guide that would do  
that, and also no example to place the options in a row. I think am  
asking essentially for two custom list environments, which should be  
easy to create from scratch probably, and I think Jeff might have  
done just that in hist post (Jeff, I'll look at your example soon,  
thanks). I was just wondering whether there was already a dedicated  
package that does this, like there is the wonderful exam class for  
generating exams.

> 4) But, as you may have noticed, when I hit this kind of issue, I  
> go to the list!  :-)
> 5) Also, Talbot randomized the order of the questions at my  
> request. So, she might be willing to modify probsoln to allow surveys.

> Wish you luck.
> --schremmer

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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