[LON-CAPA-users] New Content/Problem Editor - Input needed NOW

Raymond Batchelor batchelo at sfu.ca
Thu Oct 9 13:36:15 EDT 2014

I absolutely LOVE the 'colorful' editor.  I use it interchangeably with the XML editor -- all of the time.
It is wonderful because it contains so much built-in contextual help and produces correct xml, from which one may model (or correct) their own xml editing.

At this stage I have to multi-task and I don't spend a large amounts of time coding resources, but have to pop in and out of resource editing at random times to create specific new resources or fix code.
The EDIT mode reminds me of many things I have forgotten and teaches me things I have never learned.

It is foundational. 

The way it works is logical and simple.
Perhaps some things could be done, visually, to make its function and purpose clearer to users.

For example the colors, borders, separation and layout chosen for outlining certain blocks or options might not be distinctive enough. 
(<part></part> comes to mind.) 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerd Kortemeyer" <korte at lite.msu.edu>
To: "Discussion list for LON-CAPA users" <lon-capa-users at mail.lon-capa.org>
Sent: Thursday, 9 October, 2014 10:09:25
Subject: [LON-CAPA-users] New Content/Problem Editor - Input needed NOW


We are trying to figure out how the next generation content/problem editor should work, and we really need input.

1) We notice that the colorful editor is not used very often. Apart from the psychedelic colors, why is that? What’s the problem with it?

2) Is there anything good about the colorful editor?

3) We always hear “WYSIWYG,” but when you really think about it, that’s quite impossible: LON-CAPA problems have deep structure, and there is a lot that “you do not see,” but that’s important: parameters, scripts, … how would “WYSIWYG" look in this scenario?

4) Think about the whole workflow of authoring problems: What is important? What do you need? How can the whole process of authoring be streamlined?

5) Do you know of any editor on the web that is approximately doing what we need? Some good design examples for us to look at?

Anyway, please discuss on the list now. We do not have the developer capacity to allow us the luxury of going down the wrong track.

- Gerd.
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