[LON-CAPA-users] disabling PRT
Thu, 09 Sep 2004 16:59:41 -0600
On Thu, 2004-09-09 at 15:52, Ray Batchelor wrote:
> Hi Todd,
> The endgame is this:
> Running online quizzes; only one try each question;
But here students could still use the browser print function or do a
> for some problems there
> are always issues with the PRT and therefore I just don't want to be bothered
> with it (for example problems with multiple in-line textline boxes inside a
> table and with images). In this particular instance we are already
> discouraging the students from printing. Hiding the PRT option would simplfy
> this and make problem creation less tedious. A possible practical solution
> is to hard code in a "No PRT" argument to the <problem>? The reason I say
> this is because if they really are unprintable then we don't really want
> anyone printing them.
I can certainly see this argument. Apparently I haven't created
fancy-enough problems :/.
> The question is: "Should all resources be functional wrt to PRT? or is there a
> category of resources which could be intended as web-only."
> Which makes me realize that I could have coded everything inside <web>
> </web>tags, but it was not obvious to me at the time that this is what I
> would always want (nor is it now).
> On the other hand allowing people to switch off PRT from within PARM would
> allow all users to decide whether they want PRT available in their course
Given your arguments, I'd go with author control, so each cc wouldn't
have to determine whether or not a resource would blow up when printed.
Can resources like movies be PRTed? What happens? I've never tried.
But being of two minds, I would argue that a truly compliant resource
would be both web and print compatible. Just how compatible, I'm not
sure. ie: In print mode a simple message "Cool video clip here" or
some such would, I suppose, technically be compatible.
Or maybe a compromise. Stuff that looks "printable", ie: problems, web
pages, graphics, really should be print compatible, while other
resources, like movies, shouldn't.
I'll stop rambling now.
Dr. Todd Ruskell
Lecturer, Department of Physics Office: Meyer Hall 326
Colorado School of Mines Phone: 303-384-2080
1523 Illinois Street Fax: 303-273-3919
Golden, CO 80401