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ODK XLSForm Installation

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ODK XLSForm Installation 

Types of Forms 

XLSForm is a form standard created to help simplify the authoring of forms in Excel. Authoring is done in a human readable format using a familiar tool that almost everyone knows – Excel. XLSForms provide a practical standard for sharing and collaborating on authoring forms. They are simple to get started with but allow for the authoring of complex forms by someone familiar with the syntax described below.

The XLSForm is then converted to an XForm, a popular open form standard, that allows you to author a form with complex functionality like skip logic in a consistent way across a number of web and mobile data collection platforms.

Find the different types of forms and requirements here: http://xlsform.org/en/

XLSForm Online: 

This version is a recommend when you are first starting out with ODK because it is always up-to-date and allows you to preview what the form will look like.

Using XLSForm Online is also a great way to identify errors in your forms that were not detected using KoBo or similar application. Uploading your form to XLSForm online is a great way to ensure all errors are addressed. 

XLSForm Offline: 

XLSForm Offline converter is a great option for users who do not have a reliable connection or may need to design forms offline.

Check out the XLSForm Offline template here.