Below is a collection of documents to help you decide if Blaise 5 is the best solution for your organization.
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Innovating person surveys using mobile devices within research program WIN. The role of CBS’ Blaise®
Customizing layout, menu items, menu text and language and other special applications
There are many layout control options in Blaise. For example, you can add layout and text fill controls in a question text. The modelib editor, enables you to customize the layout (fonts, position and colours for all panels) of a questionnaire and lots of behaviour options (such as autosave and dynamic routing). The Blaise Menu editor lets you customize the displayed menu items and adapt the used text (and their language) for data entry. You can define buttons in one or more (dockable) panels. Furthermore, the appearance of certain field types can be controlled by applying a value mask. This can also be used to define restrictions on valid data entry (for example, accepting only numerical values in a string field). For selecting a category value (enumeration value), the answer list may appear just as text with radio buttons, or as a list box or just as an open space where the right answer should be typed. This can be controlled in the "datamodel properties".
The successor of Blaise 4.8 is being completely rewritten in .NET. It has the advantage that it is suitable for new platforms / technologies such as smartphones and tablets. The web part is being completely renewed to meet today’s standards. It is already 508/WCAG 2.0 compliant.
So far, the emphasis of development has mainly centered on the layout, but it is increasingly moving into the next stage: case management.
Blaise 5 has disconnected layout from content. The data model is still the same, but the layout section is no longer used. Instead, a Resource Editor (similar to the modelib editor in Blaise 4) is used to create a Resource Database. This separate file can be reused over multiple questionnaires. The values and properties as set in that database can be changed for every separate question in the data model. These values and properties can also differ between modes (layout set groups), styles or even languages, making Blaise 5 a very flexible tool. It is possible to create a house-style for your organization. You can also still add text fill controls in the data model.