Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I need to register to download the files?
Though the software itself is free of use, we would like to keep track of our users. By registering, you will receive automatic notifications of updates and have access to the download page on our site to download the software and documentation, and can use the mouselabWEB mailing list to ask questions about mouselabWEB.
2. Why is there a counterbalancing scheme, do I need this?
Process data tend to show strong effects of reading order. People tend to start by opening the upper left box, and therefore, these boxes get more attention. The counterbalancing scheme will change the order of presentation, such that these effects are counterbalanced for.
3. Why do I have to know a bit of HTML to be able to use MouselabWEB?
MouselabWEB aims at web-based questionnaires, and doing web-based research is very hard without knowing something about the background technologies like HTML. Because we wanted MouselabWEB to be flexible, that means to be a system that can be incorporated into existing questionnaires, we did not program a complete "all in one" questionnaire package. Our philosophy was a different one: You can use any package, or code yourself, and incorporate MouselabWEB easily into it.
4. Am I bound to a matrix-structure in MouselabWEB or can I construct other layouts?
MouselabWEB's basic structure is a matrix design, but there are several ways in which the layout can be changed. The code for each MouselabWEB box is encapsulated in a table cell. These table cells can be freely positioned on the page, as long as the content of the cell is not changed. So the layout is actually very flexible, but recoding the layout needs to be done in a text- or HTML editor and requires some knowledge of HTML code. For simpler layout changes one can also add some extra rows, columns with inactive/empty cells to rearrange the layout of the active cells. This can be done in the Designer. Examples of complex, non-matrix layouts will be added to this site in the future.