I’ve been using Google Docs’
excellent forms app for a survey I’m running currently. Their pre-built themes, however, left me wanting. I set out to find a way to embed the survey on my page and style it myself. I originally stumbled on Morning Copy’s article on how to style Google Forms
, which worked marvelously. The problem was that I wanted form validation (meaning that I wanted the required fields to actually be required), and the article didn’t directly address this. A little more digging turned up a later Morning Copy article which explained Google Forms and jQuery validation
In the end I decided to skip the validation altogether. It wasn’t totally necessary for the scope of this survey. I found out, though, that leaving questions marked as required in the actual Google Form meant that any required questions left unanswered in the survey would result in the entire questionnaire being omitted from the results spreadsheet. To fix this, I simply went back to the form in Google Docs and removed the requirement. It didn’t require a code change on the actual page - it still appears to the survey participant that the question is required, it just actually isn’t. Google Forms is a great, free replacement for any basic survey software out there. Give it a shot if you’re short on time and money, or if you just really like the integration between Google products.