[open] On Forms and Keyboard Entry Issues...
So I built my experiment around the use of one looped inline-script item, which references different values in the loop table. Importantly, this inline-script implements a form with 7 items: 1) text display that varies, (2) a picture that varies, (3) a text display with a question, (4) a text_input box, (5) another question, (6) a rating_scale with 7 items, and (7) a next button. Everything works as it should, and it was surprisingly easy to implement (way to go OS team!) - but this is only the case if I use one of my personal computers.
Here's what I mean:
My experiment runs perfectly fine on any of my up-to-date computers (school-issued dell laptop, personal macbook, and personal custom-built PC); but when I did a test run of the experiment using the university computers and the portable distribution, I noticed a problematic latency during text entry. That is, there is a latency between a keystroke and the text actually showing up in the form 'text_input' component, and I can't have subjects participate in the experiment if the program runs that way. I fear it is due to the older and less capable components inherent of university machines.
To remedy, I tried removing a couple form elements, per the recommendations on the "form troubleshooting and performance issues" page in the documentation, and this seems to help some, but the latency was to still noticeable. In addition, removing those elements loses some information that I would like to provide. Is there another way that I could get the same functionality as a form without the slowdown? For instance, is there a way to implement the text input and rating_scale items in a sketchbook or canvas? Can these items only be implemented in a form, or would I likely experience similar text entry latency with any script due to the number of items?
I would really appreciate any advice or recommendations you can give!
p.s. - I should note here that this is essentially just a survey, where subjects will identify an image and rate it for relatedness to a category. So, timing is not really crucial to the program, but the text input needs to work well. If anyone has an option that is better suited to this kind of thing - like a free web survey - I think OpenSesame might be overkill. I basically just need to display a word along with an image, then a space for text entry and a rating scale. Thanks!