[Xerte-dev] Re: page type tweaks & possibly new page types for Maths project...

Ron Mitchell ronm at mitchellmedia.co.uk
Tue Mar 19 18:31:21 GMT 2013

Hi John
likewise apologies for my delayed response. 
I have another meeting with the people involved tomorrow along with some Techdis colleagues and will hopefully have a better idea of requirements after that. Will be in touch...

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From: xerte-dev-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk [mailto:xerte-dev-bounces at lists.nottingham.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Smith, John
Sent: 18 March 2013 12:08
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Subject: [Xerte-dev] Re: page type tweaks & possibly new page types for Maths project...

Hi Ron

Sorry meant to respond earlier - don't have any experience of altering page type functionality or adding page types to the wizard but if someone else can do that (or point me in the general direction of how to) then I'll be happy to work on the html side of it... Id rather know how to do the full thing though as we have some ideas for page types also...

As far as adding options to the wizard then i was going to ask the same question - i was assuming that as long as it doesn't break old LOs then it would be ok??


John Smith
Learning Technologist
School of Health and Life Sciences

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Ron Mitchell <ronm at mitchellmedia.co.uk> wrote:

Hi all
my messages seem to be taking an age to get through to this list again not sure why but anyway I'm hoping this gets through relatively quickly...

On behalf of JISC Techdis I've recently been supporting a Maths project and those involved have been testing if XOT is suitable for what they want to achieve. There is a mix of experience amongst the group but no real developer skills etc

Prior to going on holiday last week I sent them some possible solutions to interactions they were trying to achieve most of which involve wishing to drag images to images etc I showed them how/where they could add img src etc to load images where the page type only has text options but obviously this is not ideal and doesn't fully suit their needs. Here's some examples of this:

possible drag and drop solutions



The more recent example I received from them was the need for a coin interaction attached and in advance of a f2f meeting yesterday I created a quick demo of this via Xerte and uploaded as an rlm to xot:

coins interaction
Obviously that's Flash only, isn't a page type, isn't editable in xot etc which brings me to the real point of this message:

The result of the f2f meeting yesterday is that they ideally want some additional functionality developed and I think this is likely to fall into two categories:
1. Adding additional options for adding images to existing page types e.g. those that involve dragging and dropping 2. Creating 1 or more new page types tat allow creation of interactions similar to the coins example The end results must work via HTML 5 if not both Flash and HTML 5

I've said that I would discuss all this via the dev list first of all to see what you think about changes to existing page types and also new page types and just as importantly to check if any or all are interested in working on this?

This isn't the first time the wish for drag and drop image to image etc has cropped up and could result in additions to benefit all. BUT they need to have developed and tested pilot content by June so it's a very short timescale and although I'm involved I don't think I have the time or skills to help them with this without extra help. They will pay for development but the first step is to identify if anyone is interested in helping with this and then at some point we will need to estimate time and costs etc.

What are your thoughts?
First point relevant to us all is would we agree to include additions to current page types or new page types when there isn't yet parity between existing Flash and HTML 5 etc? It's a non-starter if we don't.
Second point who's willing and able to help?

Contact me on or off list if you are interested.


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