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Re: Test taking and MathML

From: W Naylor <wn@cs.bath.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 10:18:04 +0100 (BST)
To: Neil Soiffer <neils@dessci.com>
cc: www-math@w3.org, sangwinc@for.mat.bham.ac.uk
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0509261010590.15626@ralph.cs.bath.ac.uk>

Hi Neil,

I believe that this issue of test taking markup is an area that the CAA 
(Computer Aided Assessment) community is interested in, I'm sure that they 
have a lot to say about the matter, and I know for a fact that they are 
already using MathML markup for marking up mathematical objects, though 
I'm not sure the mechanism they use for eliding 'answer' objects. I have 
CCed this mail to Chris Sanguin, who is the current editor of the on-line 
CAA journal.

I hope this is of help.


On Thu, 22 Sep 2005, Neil Soiffer wrote:

> The MathML interest group is in the final process of collecting suggestions for what a MathML 3 Working Group should consider as part of its scope.
> I proposed that the committee should consider the needs of people taking tests.  One such need is the ability to say that a certain area is editable so that the test taker can only fill in (for example) the right hand side of an equation or the coefficients of a polynomial.   >  
> Does anyone else have any suggestions for requirements related to test taking?
> Does anyone think this is *not* an area a working group should explore?
> If you have any burning issues that you haven't found a good solution with the current MathML spec, now is the time to raise them so that they can be considered by the next working group.  You don't need to propose a solution, just a general area for which the group should explore a solution.
> Neil Soiffer
> Senior Scientist
> Design Science, Inc.
> neils@dessci.com
> www.dessci.com
> ~ Makers of Equation Editor, MathType, MathPlayer and MathFlow ~

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