Overlapping Button Sets

I've created a ranking interaction where the learner has to rank 5 traits by selecting radio buttons. I'd like them to be able to select only one trait per column and one number per row.

I added a button set to each column, thus allowing the learning to only make one selection per column. This worked swimmingly. I then added a button set to each row. I am now able to select only one item in each row BUT these new button sets seem to have superseded the first set of sets as I can now select more than one trait in a column. I know I can do what I'd like with triggers and variables but is it possible to do what I want to do with button sets? 

8 Replies
Ben Boozer

I am certain you have a good reason for this interaction but as a user, I would find it overly complicated. What if I selected trait 1 as most important but later in the interaction, I decided that trait 4 was the most important? How would I change my mind?

I would think a drag and drop sorting of traits would be more intuitive, after all, there are only 5 possible answers.

Nadia Zaid

Hi Ben,

Thanks for the feedback. The learner can change their answer. I just want to "force" them to rank only one trait as a 5, one trait as a 4 and so on. This interaction is part of a greater interaction where the learner is creating something. All of their answers are aggregated and provided to them at the end in a downloadable pdf. 

That said, I see what you're saying about a drag and drop being more straight forward. However, it won't work in the bigger picture.


Allison LaMotte

Hi Nadia,

I don't think that the same button can be a part of multiple button sets, so that's most likely what's going on here. When you selected a new button set, the button no longer was part of the previous one.

If you want to make this work, you'll have to go the trigger and variable route I'm afraid!

Ben Boozer

I was thinking about this problem last night and worked up a way to get it done. Basically:

  1. Create the left most buttons first from top to bottom (button1 - button5)
  2. Add a trigger to button1 that sets state of button2 to normal if button1 is clicked.
  3. Duplicate it for the other three buttons.
  4. Do steps 2-3 for the next 4 buttons.
  5. Copy buttons1-5 and paste next to them (the triggers will be updated for the new buttons).
  6. Do step 5 until all buttons are created.
  7. Create a new button set for all buttons in row 1.
  8. Do step 7 for all five rows.

It took me about 15min to create all of the buttons. I am including a .story file of the completed "Super Button Set". Thanks for the challenge!


David Anderson

Nice solution, Ben.

I had a similar challenge a few months ago when I tried to recreate the button set effect in this online DISC assessment: https://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/ Scroll down the page to find the assessment.

Storyline version: https://360.articulate.com/review/content/37f277b2-0710-46d7-b0bd-c43c6801cae6/review