At 6:00am UTC on February 20th the Question Writer Tracker website experienced unexpected technical difficulties that resulted in the website reporting information from an out-of-date database that was missing results for the past three weeks.
The website has been taken offline to avoid the possibility of database corruption.
While the website is offline, it won’t be possible to access any quizzes or results stored on the website.
You can still run quizzes that are hosted on your own website, results will be directed to our backup server, where they will be stored until access to the main website has been restored. They will then be processed onto the main server.
I apologize for the disruption, we’re working hard to restore access to Question Writer Tracker, but it may be 24hours before access is fully restored.
Update: As at 1:30 PM, February 21, access should be fully restored. If you experience any difficulties with the server, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Again I apologize for the disruption caused.
Update 2: We’ve become aware of another issue. Currently it is not possible to upload new quizzes to Question Writer Tracker. We’re working on a fix and hope to have this issue resolved shortly. In the meantime, any old quizzes and quizzes that you host on your own servers will function normally and results will be processed on Question Writer Tracker without issue.
Update 3: The issue with uploading new quizzes has been resolved and everything is functioning normally again.
You can now use Cloze questions in Question Writer HTML5 as of version 5.2
A cloze question is a paragraph with words missing that the quiz taker can fill in. It looks like this – click on the image to try it in your browser.
The QW HTML5 Cloze question is the greatest Cloze question ever created. Why? Two reasons – first, it allows multiple answers for any of the missing words, so the student doesn’t need to guess the exact form of the answer required – ‘Mt. Etna’ is acceptable as is ‘Mount Etna’, ‘Etna’, or ‘Aetna’. Secondly, you can accept misspelled answers as correct because you’re usually testing for knowledge rather than spelling.
Create a new question by clicking on the Cloze button or adding from the right click menu. Use underscores to indicate where the answers should go – your authoring form will look like this –
It’s a free addition to Question Writer HTML5 so download the latest version to give it a try – there’s also now a Cloze question in the sample Italy quiz.
Version 5.2 of Question Writer HTML5 is available to download now.
It includes a new native question type – the Cloze question. This question type allows multiple blank spaces in a paragraph of text for the quiz taker to complete. More details soon.
Another small feature allows you to specify a different CSS style for each question. For example, you could display options in 2 columns for one question, and in 3 columns for another question.
Question Writer 4 is now free to use. You can download the installer and use with any version of Windows up to and including Windows 10. While it doesn’t have all the features of QW HTML5, Question Writer 4 is very powerful quiz software and nearly all types of quizzes can be created with it.
The drawback is that Question Writer 4 creates tests that use the older Flash technology. This is gradually being phased out and can’t be used on a lot of mobile devices. However if you’re doing desktop testing, or control the test environment, Question Writer 4 is an ideal for creating quizzes and tests. The interface is also very similar to Question Writer HTML5, so you won’t have any difficulty switching if you need to at a later date.
The new release of Question Writer HTML5 is 5.1 – It includes a new theme as its default theme. It looks very similar but it performs much more effectively on mobile devices, with automatically scaling and re-flowing of content to better suit smaller screens.
Here’s the Italy quiz example – try it out on your mobile device now to see the improvement.
Other improvement include button clicking on Android. You’ll find that buttons are much more responsive on Android, especially more recent versions of Android.
These updates are provided free to users of Question Writer HTML5 software. Just download and install the latest version.
We’ve had reports that Version 1.9 of the slider plugin question is having problems on some browsers and operating systems. If you’re using the slider question, I recommend updating to Version 1.10 – here’s the download link.
A question we get asked a lot is when the next major upgrade to the Question Writer software will be released. Usually our policy is not to disclose future plans, but I want to give some guidance on this today.
Question Writer 6 is not in development and there are currently no plans for a major upgrade. The change from QW4 to QWHTML5 was a platform change from Flash to HTML5 and was a major change. There is nothing similar on the radar that would justify a major upgrade at this time. Instead updates, new features and enhancements will be added to Question Writer HTML5, and these will continue to be free.
Question Writer HTML5 is fully compatible with Windows 10, and the HTML5 quiz output is compatible with all modern devices, from desktop to tablet to mobile.
Try out this Game Of Thrones Character Test created with Question Writer HTML5.
It contains 16 scenarios with multiple choice response question. It uses the newest feature of QWHTML5 – multiple scores for individual options. The test scores respondents of 14 different personality traits, and each option affects multiple traits. It also contains custom fonts, sharing buttons, and a stylish background. You can download the source here if you’d like to make a similar test, or see how things are done.
Question Writer HTML5 already allowed you to maintain multiple scores in a single quiz.
Now you can also assign multiple scores to individual options. This is most useful in personality type quizzes, where a single option can change a number of different scores that you’re keeping track of.
The Multiple score feature applies to Multiple Choice and Partial Credit style questions, where multiple score variables with points to be awarded can be added to option nodes – a picture is worth a thousand words . . . .
I’ll be releasing a quiz shortly that makes full use of this new feature.
Here’s an online version of Andrew G Marshall’s ‘Are You Ready For Love’ test, created with Question Writer HTML5. It’s a short 7 question test that will give you a quick indication if you’re ready for love.
The test is published in the Guardian here – and this gives the scoring key. You can see how that scoring is achieved in Question Writer with the source here.