[Xerte] Editing products of templates?

Lockley Patrick Patrick.Lockley at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Jul 14 14:48:15 BST 2008


Sorry for the delay on this one as it's more advanced than I'm used to

The RLT - Holds all the code and complicated actions to allow the xml to
work when ran in the player.
The XWD is a Xerte Wizard - this configures the page types of the wizard
The XML is the data made by using the template and wizard

If you open the RLT, it will use the XML file to populate itself -
changes are saved then saved to the XML.

The XML needs the other two parts to make sense of it. Xerte normally
opens and saves RLOs - but this is when you've not set up a template.

If you want to do two different things (features wise) make two
templates (a basic file set is one RLT, one xwd and one initial XML -
only the XML will change as the user develops it).

Merging across templates would involve cuting and pasting XML at the

I'm not sure on the file types - an XTP is all the files a template
would need (it's a zip file renamed).

Hope this helps (Julian will be back next week with no doubt a better


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Subject: [Xerte] Editing products of templates?

Executive Summary: After I make a lesson with a wizard (template?) how
do I edit it in full Xerte and merge it with another lesson?

I finally got around to exploring the Xerte install folder and
discovered Wizard/pageTemplates.xtp.  Wow. Wonderful.  Where has this
been all week?  With this wizard, I can do just about everything I need
including a quiz with individual feedback.  

But I do not understand templates in Xerte.  I need an overview.
Usually, you load a template and use it to make and save a new document
(as in Word) and the resulting doc is editable in the application
software.  So  I would have expected to end up with an rlo file that I
could then open in Xerte.  But the template interface can only save
another template. 
(That's bearable since I can just publish it or package it.)  But, say I
want to change a propety like streaming or loop or play on the sound.  I
cannot load the file into Xerte except as a template and that template
may not offer the option.  If I close the template, I see Xerte, but I
do not have my lesson to edit--only the logic of the wizard.

I haven't gotten around to models yet.  Maybe that is how you do it?
And is that how you merge stuff created with one template into a
presentation begun with another?  Suppose I had two templates, each of
which makes doing something I want in one lesson easy.  How do I manage

Similarly, what are all the filetypes of Xerte?  In the Xerte folder I
see ico files for rlo, rla, rlm, and rlt--not to mention xlm and xwd.
And the pageTemplate is an xtp file.  Is this explained anywhere?  

Thanks again for the help.
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