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HotPotatoes

Eine Autorensoftware von Half-Baked Software
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The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those working for publicly-funded non-profit-making educational institutions, who make their pages available on the web. Other users must pay for a licence. Check out the Hot Potatoes licencing terms and pricing on the Half-Baked Software Website.

The Hot Potatoes suite is a set of six authoring tools, created by the Research and Development team at the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre. They enable you to create interactive Web-based exercises of six basic types. The exercises use JavaScript for interactivity, and will work in Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer versions 4 and above on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Two of the tools, JMatch and JMix, can also produce drag-and-drop exercises, but these will only work with more recent browsers, because they use the W3C Document Object Model. The authoring tools will also handle accented characters, so you can create exercises in any language based on the Roman character set, including French, German, and many other languages. The Windows version will also allow you to create exercises in any language, using Unicode.

Although the exercises are constructed using JavaScript, you don't need to know anything about JavaScript to use the programs. All you need to do is to enter your data — texts, questions, answers etc. — and the programs will create the Web pages for you. Then you can post them on your Web site. However, the programs are designed so that almost every aspect of the pages can be customized, so if you do know HTML or JavaScript, you can make almost any change you want to the way the exercises work or to the format of the Web pages.

If you work in a non-profit-making educational institution or context, and you are prepared to share your exercises by placing them on a publicly-accessible Web server, then you may use the Hot Potatoes suite free of charge. If you are working for a company or in a commercial context, or if you password-protect your exercises or distribute them only on an intranet, you will need to buy a licence (contact Half-Baked Software for information). However, whether you're commercial or otherwise, we do ask that you register the programs; all you have to do is to fill in a form on our Website, and it helps us to stay in touch with our users and get some idea of who is using our programs. See the help file for more information on registration.

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