marc_heyvaert at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 8 21:42:53 CET 2004
Hello Peter, Anne-Marie and all,
--- Anne-Marie Mahfouf <annemarie.mahfouf at free.fr>
> A guy answered immediately and he will test
> KWordQuiz, maybe other people will also do so.
I compiled KWordQuiz tonight. Compilation and install
went very smoothly on my machine. I run SuSE 8.2 with
KDE 3.2 but I have updated a lot of other packages
I had a first quick look and I like what I see. I'll
give you a more complete review later this week. Just
a few remarks.
A month or so ago, I posted a message on a (probably
kde-edu-devel...wasn't that merged with kde-edu?)
mailing list to give my ideas about the extra
functionalities that I would like to see in FlashKard.
Unfortunately I can't find this message, because the
archives of this list seem to have disappeared...
The idea was that I didn't really like FlashKard
because it was too simple and KVocTrain I find too
difficult. But there were other reasons too.
1. I would like to see the possibility to include
graphics next to characters. In your interface this
could be implemented by allowing filenames to be
entered. The program would then try to render these.
In my earlier post my immediate need was to make a set
of flashcards to learn Chinese characters. But other
2. Why not drop the link to vocabulary completely? In
a reaction to my first post on this Scott Wheeler
asked for any replacement for FlashKard to be more
than for words (I don't remember how he put it). E.g.
you could use KWordQuiz to ask for sums also. And even
in different formats, e.g. 7x8= answer 56 or ...x8=56
3. I don't like the interface to be input + flashcard
+ quiz + multiple choice, all in one. If I present
this to my 8 year old daughter it will be confusing to
open a file, get the input canvas, having too choose
the right menu option etc. A possible workaround could
be to provide some commandline options. E.g. kwordquiz
filename -card, or kwordquiz filename quiz. Then we
could write some scripts and present those to pupils.
Along these lines some further suggestions : log files
with the results being generated automatically; a
-lock switch when the program is started from the
commandline to prevent a user from checking the
answers or from intervening with settings (so all
options on the menu greyed, except quit?); the
possibility to add several filenames on the
commandline that would ten be aggregated by the
application (this would allow us to make small modules
and to combine these).
So this is it for the time being. I have a daughter of
10 that is learning French this year. I will test your
application using her vocabulary list. As it is it
seems to be already very useful for this type of
drill, all the stuff above is in the 'nice to have'
category, so don't worry. I think it is more a matter
of keeping the application very focused and simple vs
accepting some complexity and having more
functionality. How far do you go, hè
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