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Appendix J

System variables

In utility modules like cwfreq and cwnav, all lists of variables, questions and fields begin with a series of entries which start with an underscore (e.g., _telkey, _date); they are system variables which are available in every CallWeb project. The meaning of these system variables is explained in the following table.

System variableMeaning
_telkey Unique identifier of the case; this is the case "number". It can contain up to 64 characters, including only letters and numbers.
_proj Name of the project to which each case is associated.
_demo Binary flag (0|1) indicating whether a case was opened in demo mode. Obsolete.
_lang Language in which the most recent displayed page was shown. This is a two-letter code.
_typeint Type of interview. See the Survey type pound instruction
_cetordre List of questions in the questionnaire, ordered for this case based on PERMUTATIONs. This list is created when the case is first accessed. It is deleted if the questionnaire is re-compiled with a structural change.
_cedossier Encoded value of the _telkey. It ensures that the _telkey information stored in the HTML page has not been tempered with.
_cetecran Name of the question most recently displayed. For multi-question pages, it is the name of the first question on the page.
_h1 String of date-time values documenting each time the questionnaire was initially opened in the callweb module. The system variables _date and _hour are derived from _h1.
_h2 String documenting the cumulative duration of each session in the callweb module. It is expressed in seconds. The system variables _seconds and _minutes are derived from _h2.
_h3 String of date-time values documenting each time the case was modified in cwnav.
_prepops String of date-time values documenting each time the case was affected by a prepopulation operation. The system variable _lastprepop is derived from _prepops.
_verrou Date-time value indicating when a lock was last taken on the case. This works in tandem with the Seconds locked pound instruction.
_telephone Prepopulated telephone number, for CATI purposes.
_gmtoffset Time zone of the prepopulated telephone number, expressed in hours from Greenwich.
_cetappel Data structure documenting each call made in CATI mode.
_stock Date structure containing a variety of information on the case such as the permutation order for response categories.
_dernierprepop _lastprepopMost recent prepopulation date-time. See _prepops above.
_date Date of the most recent access to the case. See _h1.
_week _semaine
Date of the most recent access to the case expressed as a week date. See _date and the week_start installation option.
_heure _hourHour of the most recent access to the case. See _h1.
_minutes Total duration, in minutes, of all accesses to the case. See _h2 above.
_secondes _secondsTotal duration, in seconds, of all accesses to the case. See _h2 above.
_nappels _ncallsNumber of calls documented in the CATI call history. See _cetappel above.
_res Call result code of the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.
_dateappel _calldateDate of the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.
_heureappel _callhourHour of the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.
_tempsappel _calltimeDate-time of the most recent CATI call formatted as YYYYMMDDHHMMSS. See _cetappel above.
_interviewer Name of the interviewer who registered the most recent CATI call result. See _cetappel above.
_daterv _appdateDate of the appointment set on the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.
_heurerv _apphourHour of the appointment set on the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.
_commentaires _commentsComments left by the interviewer on the most recent CATI call. See _cetappel above.

   

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