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17346Bug reportsQuestion editorpublic2021-06-07 17:49
Reportergabrieljenik Assigned Togabrieljenik  
Status assignedResolutionopen 
Product Version5.x 
Target Version5.0.0dev 
Summary17346: Personal setting default question type is ignored when creating questions
DescriptionWhen selecting a default question type, ex shortfreetext, the array question type is shown as the selected question type.
Nevertheless the internal settings in memory do consider shortfreetext as the selected type.

This only happens with the simple selector.
Steps To Reproduce- Set default to short free text
- Create question.
- The default selected type is not short free text
Additional Information`QuestionTheme::findAllQuestionMetaDataForSelector` is setting name attribute as core for core types. That's usefull for the Personal Settings screen, although not good for the question editor.

We believe the "setting as core" should be not on the model.
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Complete LimeSurvey version number (& build)5.0
I will donate to the project if issue is resolvedNo
Database & DB-VersionMysql
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PHP Version7


related to 17310 new Simple question type selector didn't open with the current question type 




2021-05-31 15:03

developer   ~64672

Are you sure it's saved ? Last time i check : nothing seems saved on user settings.


2021-05-31 15:09

manager   ~64674

Yes, that's what we are seeing


2021-05-31 15:13

developer   ~64675

Yes, see the other mantis after (i think i already reported it :( )


2021-05-31 15:17

manager   ~64676

Somehow there is a missmatch in between the core question theme and the names of the core question themes.
Ex: Short free text question theme is core and its name is shortfreetext. Usually core is used on the code, but on the data and the model the name is shortfreetext.


2021-06-07 17:42

manager   ~64770

Question themes have a name, like 'arrays/array' or 'bootstrap_buttons'.
There are base (core) question themes and extended question themes (custom or included with Lime).

Some parts of Lime only handle the question themes by name, and treat the core themes as "core" (instead of by their name).

For example, when handling question attributes, it's usually done by question type and question theme name, and 'core' is used as theme name for the basic ones.
That also applies to the question type/theme selector.

The specific problem with this ticket is that question type/theme metadata for the selected question (to mark the selected question type/theme in the selector) is retrieved with QuestionTheme::findQuestionMetaData(), which returns the "real" question theme data, including the saved name.
Since the selector has a list of question type + theme pairs where the theme is 'core' for the basic ones, but the question metadata has the actual theme name ('arrays/array', 'longfreetext', etc), no question type/theme is marked as selected (defaulting to the first one.

It's temporarily solved in T656 by replacing the theme name after retrieving the metadata.

Alternative better approaches follow:

Alternative A) Make the replacement inside findQuestionMetadata(). Other parts of Lime using that function don't rely on the theme name, so it wouldn't have an impact. But, the function is public, so it may be used by third party code.

Alternative B) Make a clone of findQuestionMetadata() adapted for returning "core" sometimes.

Alternative C) Review the usage for findAllQuestionMetaDataForSelector() and make it match to findQuestionMetadata().

Thoughts? @ollehar


2021-06-07 17:49

developer   ~64771

> Alternative A) … … so it may be used by third party code.

Young code, out of any API : don't really care, no ?

If you think of « it may be used by third party code» : you don't create i10n function like this.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2021-05-31 14:58 gabrieljenik New Issue
2021-05-31 15:01 DenisChenu Relationship added related to 17310
2021-05-31 15:03 DenisChenu Note Added: 64672
2021-05-31 15:08 gabrieljenik Additional Information Updated View Revisions
2021-05-31 15:09 gabrieljenik Note Added: 64674
2021-05-31 15:13 DenisChenu Note Added: 64675
2021-05-31 15:17 gabrieljenik Note Added: 64676
2021-06-01 10:04 ollehar Product Version => 5.x
2021-06-01 19:53 ollehar Priority none => normal
2021-06-03 16:22 gabrieljenik Assigned To => gabrieljenik
2021-06-03 16:22 gabrieljenik Status new => assigned
2021-06-07 17:42 gabrieljenik Note Added: 64770
2021-06-07 17:49 DenisChenu Note Added: 64771