No Plans For Question Writer 6

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.

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Game Of Thrones Character Test

Try out this Game Of Thrones Character Test created with Question Writer HTML5.

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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.

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Multiple Option Scores

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 . . . .

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I’ll be releasing a quiz shortly that makes full use of this new feature.

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Are You Ready For Love? Take the Therapist’s Test

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.

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How Strong is Your Relationship? Take the Therapist’s Test

Here’s an online version of Andrew G Marshall’s ‘How Strong is Your Relationship’ test, created with Question Writer HTML5. It’s a short 9 question test that will give you a quick indication of the strength of your relationship.

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.

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Software Update – Flexible Question Feedback

There’s a new version of Question Writer HTML5 available to download. There’s one big new feature and a few minor fixes.

1. Question Feedback – Each question can now include three types of feedback – general, correct and incorrect. The feedback can now include all media types, including images, audio, video, html, mathml etc. – anything you can think of can be feedback for a question.

2. Preview Button – Sometimes the preview pane can freeze under a heavy usage. There’s a preview button on the main toolbar now – this resets the preview pane. Use it if the preview isn’t keeping up with your edits.

3. QTI Export – The QTI export has bug fixes and improvement to closely follow the QTI 1.2 specification. Question Writer HTML5 is the most versatile QTI authoring software available.

4. Result Sending Timeout Fix – We’ve had reports from users on very slow internet connections of timeouts that occur before results are successfully sent through. A new fix gradually increases the timeout period if the user is having trouble sending results.

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More HTML5 Updates

Following last week’s updates, I’ve got a new updated installer today with 3 more improvements.

1. Updated Themes to allow more HTML. Some of the themes were preventing basic HTML tags like bold and italic from being recognized. The themes are updated now and should no longer cause this problem. To fix any existing content displaying this problem, install the new version and re-apply the theme to your quiz.

2. Feedback pages will only be displayed for questions that have been displayed. Previously if a user hadn’t viewed a question – maybe because branching skipped the question, or they didn’t have time to view it, the feedback at the end of the quiz would be displayed anyway. This behavior has been changed now – if the user never saw the question, they won’t see the feedback for it either.

3. There’s a new css class applied to the feedback area. ‘questionfeedbackarea’ class – so it makes it easier to apply a style to the whole question feedback area.

You can download the latest Question Writer HTML5 quiz software here.

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Bugfix Update

There’s a new update to the Question Writer HTML5 software today that includes 3 bugfixes. Thanks to our users for the bug reports – keep them coming!

1. MathML when publishing for printing. Our new MathML and LaTeX feature wasn’t displaying equations for printed tests. That’s fixed.

2. Firefox HTTPS. When tests were being displayed on a secure connection(https), but trying to send results to an insecure server(http), the connection was failing. Now, the software will try to upgrade the results connection to secure(https) for sending.

3. Timezone. The timezone shown on the user’s report at the end of the quiz was shown in the UTC timezone. It should be in the user’s local time. That’s fixed.

You can download the latest Question Writer HTML5 quiz software here.

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CSS in Question Writer HTML5 Screencast

Question Writer supports CSS in a number of ways –

1. All the themes are CSS based
2. Additional CSS instructions under Appearance Settings of Quiz Properties
3. Supplementary CSS files under the resources element

Here’s a quick screencast detailing the different ways CSS can be used in Question Writer HTML5.

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Math Equations – MathML, LaTeX, ASCIIMathML Support

Question Writer HTML5 now supports math equations through the Mathjax library. Use MathML, LaTeX or ASCIIMathML in a Math element and it will be displayed using Mathjax.

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Here’s a sample math quiz to see it in action in your browser. You can download the sample math quiz source.

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To add equations to a quiz, add the Math element, then enter your equation in MathML or LaTeX format. You can add the Math element as question body content, or within options for questions. You can use equations in any type of questions, including matching, sequencing and custom question types.

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The Mathjax library can be bundled with your quiz or loaded from the web. Usually you’ll want to load it from the web – this will keep the size of the quiz down, and make it faster for the viewer. However, when authoring your quiz, it’ll be faster for previews to leave this option switched off. If the end user of the quiz won’t have internet access, you’ll want to bundle the library with your quiz.

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