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Re: [Phptest-users] modifications to phptest

From: Kathleen Ferraro
Subject: Re: [Phptest-users] modifications to phptest
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 07:53:53 -0400

Thanks, Brandon. I forgot to note that I don't plan to delete
questions or answers, Instead I intend to add a status field with
possible values active/inactive. That way the question would
not show up on a test but its data would be displayed in users'
results. I would also add a question_sequence field to the question
table. This would be distinct from the question_id field, so that If some
questions are deleted or added or if the order of required questions
changes, there won't be gaps, and questions won't be out of order.
Let me know if you see any problems with that. Thanks very
much for the response, and for phptest. --Kathie

On Sep 20, 2004, at 12:30 AM, Brandon wrote:

One suggestion, I wouldn't normalize the answers
table, because if you ever delete a question or change
it's answer, the data in the answers table will be


--- "Kathleen A. Ferraro" <address@hidden> wrote:

Hello everyone,

I've begun some modifications to phptest for a new
project. If someone
else has already made similar
changes or has a need for a similarly modified
version and would like
to collaborate, please let me know.

1. Using the one question at a time option, provide
feedback after each
question is answered.
Essentially, when they click the question's submit
button, take them to
the view_answers.php
feedback rather than the view_results.php list.

2. In the answer's table, replace the question,
answer, and
user_answers text data with numbers
corresponding to these fields in the questions

3. Move answer choices from the questions table to a
answer_choices table.

4. Create an explanations table linked to the
answer_choices table so
that users get different feedback
depending on which answer they give.

5. Create some media (clips, stills, sounds) tables
linked to

I've looked at some other quiz/test programs, both
applications and quiz components of
course management systems. Several are structured as
I describe but I
find the phptest code
to be much more intelligible and, therefore, easier
to modify than
anything else I've looked at.



Kathleen A. Ferraro
Information Systems Architect
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412.648.1099; address@hidden

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