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Form for packing and unpacking of one or more quizzes and/or questionnaires

With this form you can create a so-called quiz pack. A quiz pack is a file which you can transfer from author to author and from server to server. It contains the definition of one or more quizzes and/or questionnaires (in what follows simply called quizzes) together with all their associated files.

This form must also be used when you want to unpack a quiz pack stored on another server on the internet or stored on your own computer. Read more here.

When a quiz pack is created it is presented to you on your screen in plain text which you can store on your computer. A quiz pack has a special format of which most is incomprehensible to humans. Nonetheless it is presented on your screen because this is a simple way of letting you store it on your computer. Just click the File button (or similar) in your browsers top menu, then on Save as ... and enter a file name at a suitable directory on your computer (or wherever the file can be retrieved). The file should have the extension .txt.

You are only able to read and comprehend the first lines of the file stating among other things a date and time and a list of names of quizzes and associated files contained in the file together with any description of the contents of the pack.

You may change the first lines of the file before the line starting with the word "begin". You could for example add your own comments concerning the pack. But the slightest change of the file from this line onwards may result in your file being impossible to unpack (if you have no other copy of your files you will have to consider them lost).

Notice that a quiz pack ipso facto contains the specifications of the correct answers to the quizzes and that even if the file may look unintelligible, it can be unpacked by skilled persons. For this reason it will not be stored as a file on the quizserver where it was assembled, nor on a server to which it is transferred unless otherwise specified, see below. (But notice that it might become stored in your browsers cache).

To create a quiz pack enter in the long entry field the names (only) of the quizzes you want packed (or, if a list of current names are presented to you, click one or more of these - at the same time using the CTRL-button, maybe). Then click the button "Create quiz pack". After a short while you'll have the pack displayed on your screen. Proceed as described above.

If you write a name in the the entry field labelled "Simultaneously with creation of pack:" a copy of the quiz pack will be made accessible to anyone with access to your quiz server in the same way as your dialog quizzes are accessible to anyone. The name may contain letters, digits, underscore and hyphen starting with a letter. If, for instance, you write xxx in the entry field your pack will be accessible in the location field of a browser as http://DOMAIN/AUTHOR/xxx_pck.txt, where DOMAIN is your server domain name (e.g. www.quizcenter.com) and AUTHOR is your identification. Please notice the _pck.txt added to the name you indicate. A public quiz pack must be copied (saved) into a computer before it can be unpacked by an(other) author on a(nother) server.

An HTML-page can be created with links to your public packs. Any author with access to that page can then download any of your packs to his/her own computer for later transfer and unpacking on his/her QuizComposer server.

Before unpacking a quiz pack you should examine whether you have quizzes or questionnaires on the present server which will be overwritten (deleted) by quizzes and questionnaires having the same name in the pack.

Use the entry fields and buttons at the bottom of this form to either unpack a quiz pack on the internet or transfer anf unpack a quiz pack on your computer.

For a quiz pack on the internet enter its complete URL (Universal Ressource Location) on the internet, then click the associated button.

For a quiz pack on your computer enter its full name (including path) of the file containing the quiz pack. If present use the Browse... button close to the entry field to get the name right. Then click the associated button "Transfer and unpack above quiz pack".

After a while a log file (if not an error message) will appear on your screen indicating whether the unpacking process went well or not. If you get a message about an unknown (or missing) file, then probably there is a quiz in the pack which refers to a file not being present on the server (it wasn"t present before the transfer and it isn"t included in the pack). If there is no message following the name of a quiz (followed by a colon) other than "Location..." then the unpacking proces (probably) went well.

If the quiz is a new one it will first appear on the list of your quizzes and questionnaires after a reload of that page.

Clicking a button also reloads the page listing your quizzes et cetera.

Your identification #
Your password #


Transfer to server of quiz pack from the internet and unpacking
(Universal ressource) location on internet of quiz pack:



Transfer to server from your computer and unpacking
Full name of file on your computer containing the quiz pack:



Packing:
Names of the quizzes (and optionally, questionnaires) to be included in packet:
Any descriptive text to include in pack heading :

Simultaneously, make pack public with name:

Listing:


Removal:
Name(s) of public pack(s) to remove:

Create public list of your quiz and questionnaire packs:
Clicking the following button will result in the creation of an HTML-page (among your other HTML-pages) containing links to your public packs. This gives you a convenient way of making your public quizzes and questionnaires accessible to other authors. A click on a link displays the pack for possible storage on the computer used for browsing.
The HTML-page gets the name quizcomposerpacks.htm.. The text for each link is taken from the first line of the descriptive text at the heading of the pack. If there is no such descriptive text the name of the pack is used instead. The link is followed by the rest of the descriptive text, if any.




Creation of packpack:

Names of packs to include in packpack:

Any descriptive text to include in start of packpack:

Simultaneously:
create public packpack with name:


Transfer to server and unpacking of packpack from your computer
Full name of file with packpack on your computer: