Source files consists of a series of paragraphs, separated by one or more blank lines. Paragraphs that start with a ?, *, or + are questions, score ranges, or quiz titles; all other paragraphs are passed untouched, as raw HTML text. C++ // and /* */ comments are supported. Leading white space on the first line of a paragraph is ignored; the first non-white character determines how the paragraph is treated.
Paragraphs that start with a ? are questions. Any lines after the first that start with text are part of the question; lines that start with a space are responses. Responses may end with an optional =Value, where Value is a positive or negative number; responses without a value have a default value of 0. For example:
?Where did his mother find happiness? Japan=1 Paris The beauty parlor=-1 A bottle of gin=-1 Brussels
Paragraphs that start with a * are score ranges. The first line consists of an integer, optionally followed by a dash and another integer. Subsequent line(s) are the score interpretation. As with questions and responses, score interpretation text can contain any HTML markup you want to include. For example:
* 2-4 You got <i>some</>i of the questions right, but you selected a few too many "close" answers.
Paragraphs that start with a + are quiz titles. The same title is used for the window title (HTML <title> tag) and the <H1> at the top of the quiz. You can have more than one + paragraph; the last one will be used. For example:
+QuizMaker Sample Quiz
All other paragraphs are passed untouched into the quiz file. This lets you add commentary and/or arbitrary HTML markup, like column breaks. Since the // in a URL looks like a C++ comment, \/ is an "escape sequence" that translates to /. So, you have to enter URL's as http:/\/ or http:\/\/ - sorry!
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// JDS, 1-Dec-99 +QuizMaker demo quiz This quiz was compiled right on this page. ?Is QuizMaker easy to use? Yes=1 No=-1 Maybe ?Is QuizMaker particularly useful? Definitely!=-2 Sure=-1 Maybe Probably not=1 Of course not=2 *-3 - -1 Oh, get a life. * 0 You are <b>so</b> wishy-washy. * 1 - 3 Enclued you are.