Chapter 4: The About Tab

Set up and keep track of your A2J Guided Interview.


The About Tab includes several options for entering basic information about your A2J Guided Interview®. This tab primarily serves as a place where you can keep track of notes regarding the purpose and history of the A2J Guided Interview. This screen is also where the following preferences are set: language, avatar skin color, avatar guide gender, send feedback, end graphic, branding logo, revision history, and author information.


Information About The A2J Guided Interview


The following eighteen fields under the About Tab provide opportunities to include informative metadata in your A2J Guided Interview®:  Title, Description, Jurisdiction, Language, Avatar, Guide Gender, Credits, Approximate Completion Time, Logo Graphic, End Graphic, Mobile Friendly, Feedback, Current Version, Revision Notes, Author’s Name, Author’s Title, Author’s Organization, and Author’s Email (see Figure 16).



The Title field collects the name of your A2J Guided Interview. The default setting for this field is “My Interview (date created).” It is important to change this entry. If you do not change it, then “My Interview” will be the file name upon auto saving the A2J Guided Interview. In order to keep your A2J Guided Interviews organized and distinct in the Interviews tab, you should rename your title.  

Decide on a naming convention and stick to it. Make the name detailed. Example: “Adult Name Change for Cook County – Draft 01-2017,” “Minor Name Change for DuPage County – Final 02-2017.”




The Description field collects any descriptive information you choose to include for reference. The default setting for this field is “This is a description of my interview.” This information only appears in the About tab when in A2J Author and in any Full Reports generated under the Report tab. Often authors will choose to include information that indicates how other similar A2J Guided Interviews are distinguished. For instance, if you have designed two Guided Interviews that compile data for Name Change forms, where one is for adult name changes and the other, for minors; then you may wish to include that distinguishing characteristic in the description of your A2J Guided Interview.




The Jurisdiction field collects descriptive information regarding the jurisdiction addressed by the A2J Guided Interview. The default setting for this field is “Jurisdiction of my interview.” Similar to the Description field, the information only appears in the About tab when A2J Author is open and in any Full Reports generated under the Report tab.

Some states have not adopted unified forms or procedures, A2J Guided Interviews often need to be individualized by county or other court designation. So, to avoid confusion upon editing or updating, it is a good idea to include jurisdiction information as part of the metadata of the interview.


Figure 16: Sections of the About Tab. 




Language of the static buttons, which are located in the menu bar across the top of the A2J Guided Interview® interface, can be set to English, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chaldean, Spanish, French, Hmong, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Simplified Chinese. If you write an A2J Guided Interview® in languages other than English, you can opt to have all static buttons within the interface set to that language. Please note that this selection does not function as a translator. Thus, if you want your questions and just-in-time learning features to appear in a language other than English, you must provide the translations yourself. As an example. the static button selections are translated under the Language setting for the languages as follows:

English Albanian Arabic Bengali Chaldean Spanish French Hmong Korean Dutch Polish Russian Vietnamese Simplified Chinese
Back Prapa عودة পিছনে رجع بطره Anterior Retour ROV QAB '뒤로' TERUG Powrót НАЗАД TRỞ LẠI 返回/上一页
Next Para التالي পরবর্তী أد بطرو Siguiente Prochain MUS TOM NTEJ '다음' VOLGENDE Następny ДАЛЕЕ TIẾP TỤC 前进/下一页
My Progress PËRPARIMI IM تقدمي আমার অগ্রগতি تقدم أدي Mi Progreso Mon Progrés KUV LI KEV KAWM TAU NTAU PAUM CAS LAWM '내 진행 상황' Mijn voortgang Mój postęp МОЙ ХОД РАБОТЫ TIẾN ĐỘ 我的进度
Sound is on ME ZË تم تشغيل الصوت শব্দ চালু আছে قالا هوله بلهايا Sonido esta encendido Audio activé LUB SUAB QHIB LAWM '소리 켜기' GELUID IS AAN Dżwięk włączony ЗВУК ВКЛЮЧЕН MỞ ÂM THANH 打开音效
Sound is off PA ZË تم إيقاف الصوت শব্দ বন্ধ আছে قالا هوله جميا Sonido esta apagado Audio désactivé LUB SUAB KAW LAWM '소리 끄기' GELUID IS UIT Dźwięk wyłączony ЗВУК ВЫКЛЮЧЕН TẮT ÂM THANH 关闭音效
Send Feedback REAGIM إرسال تعليقات মতামত পাঠান ول تقييم Enviar comentarios Envoyer la suggestion MUS MUAB LUS POM RAU '피드백 보내기' VERZEND FEEDBACK Wyślij podsumowanie ОТЗЫВЫ GỬI CÂU TRẢ LỜI 送出回应
Exit Dalja خروج প্রস্থান بلاطا Salida Sortir Tawm hauv no mus '나가기' Uitgang Wyjście Выйти Rời khỏi trang 退出


Figure 17: Static buttons are located along the menu bar at the top of the screen.


Figure 18: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Albanian.


Figure 19: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Arabic.


Figure 20: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Bengali.


Figure 21: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Chaldean.


Figure 22: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Spanish.


Figure 23: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in French.


Figure 24: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Hmong.


Figure 25: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Korean.


Figure 26: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Dutch. 


Figure 27: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Polish.


Figure 28: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Russian.


Figure 29: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Vietnamese.


Figure 30: A2J Guided Interview® with static buttons in Simplified Chinese. 




The A2J Guided Interview® interface includes twelve avatars: six Avatar Guides and six avatars for the end-users. The Avatar Guided help provide the end-user of the Guided Interview access to justice by walking the end-user down the path of questions leading to the courthouse (or alternative graphic). End-users, so long as they have been provided the option to make a selection for gender, are provided their own Avatar which accompanies the Avatar Guide down the path to justice.


In the About tab you have the option of selecting either “Avatar 1,” “Avatar 2,” or “Avatar 3” for the Avatars (Figure 31). The color selection will affect the Avatar Guide and the end-user’s Avatar. You also have the option of choosing a “Female” or a “Male” Guide Avatar (Figure 32).To view the avatar images that are used in the software, see Appendix B.


Avatar skin tone selection

Figure 31: Avatars skin tones range from light to dark. 


Guide Gender

Figure 32: Guide Avatar gender selection.


To avoid having the Avatar Guide walk alone beyond the first or second question in your A2J Guided Interview, it is a good idea to include a question that requires the end-user to select gender. For an end user avatar to appear, you must use the variable recognized by A2J Author® for setting the Avatar’s Gender: [User Gender]. You are not required to ask your end user's for their gender and some A2J Guided Interviews do no thave end user avatars. You can also explain to the end user in a Learn More that you are asking the question simply to populate an end user avatar and that they may select whichever gender they feel most comfortable using. 


Branding Logo


The “Branding Logo” allows organizations publishing A2J Guided Interviews® to add their program’s logo to the bottom right-hand corner of A2J Guided Interviews®. If you wish to add a branding logo to your interview, simply click on the upload button under the Branding Logo field (Figure 33). Then browse for and select the desired branding logo file.


Figure 33: Select the upload button to browse for and select a branding logo for your Guided Interview.


Please note that parameters do apply to the format of the logo graphic, as follows:

  • 120 x 120 pixels

  • alpha transparency

  • .jpg, .png, or .gif, (Note: To browse for all types of files, be sure to type “*.*” for the file name after you have selected the yellow folder to browse.)

If the figure is larger than the above parameters, then it will be cropped automatically. 


End Graphic


The traditional destination in an A2J Guided Interview® is a courthouse (see Figure 34 and Appendix B). That graphic can be changed. An alternative graphic may be more suitable if an A2J Guided Interview is to be used in the context of online intake interviews or other non-court related forms (like food stamp applications.)

If you wish to retain the traditional courthouse graphic file, you do not need to attach any graphic file. However, if you wish to choose an alternative graphic to the traditional courthouse, simply click on the upload button under the End Graphic field (Figure 35).


Figure 34: Traditional A2J Author® courthouse graphic.


Then browse for and select the desired end graphic file (Figure 35).


End Graphic with sample graphic in it

Figure 35: Select the upload button to browse for and select an end graphic for your A2J Guided Interview.


The following parameters are required for an alternative graphic:

  • 990 x 600 pixels maximum

  • 500 x 300 pixels minimum

  • alpha transparency


Figure 36: Template graphic centered over roadway.


Revision History


The Revision History field collects version information. The default setting for the Current Version field is the date you created the A2J Guided Interview file. This information too is generated in a Full Report. If you wish to pass around the interview in either report form or electronic form for peer review, it can be helpful to have a version number assigned to ensure that any comments received are relevant to the then-current round of revisions. For more on working with reports see the chapter entitled “Reports Tab.”

The Revision History field also contains a Revision Notes section. This is a good place to reflect dates and authors of past versions of the interview (Figure 37.) You may also want to specify what was revised in the latest version, thereby keeping track of your revision process. Adding this documentation can be especially helpful if you will not be working in the A2J Guided Interview on a daily basis.

Figure 37: About tab with Revision History completed.




The Authors field collects the names of those who have contributed to the Guided Interview. The default setting for this field is “Anonymous.” Like the above items of metadata, authorship information is included in any Full Reports generated under the Report tab. It may be helpful to those within your organization to know who last worked on the Guided Interview.


The LHI server hosts HotDocs® templates and A2J Guided Interviews® for Legal Services Corporation-funded legal aid organizations and courts so that these templates and Guided Interviews may be served up over the web. The LHI server also provides a contributor portal so that the participating organizations can share work. If your interview will be made available to others, the authorship information is helpful. More information is available at


The Authors field allows you to add the author’s name, title, organization, and email address. You can add up to 12 authors per A2J Guided Interview.