[NTG-context] [OT] ASCII text output

Roger Mason rmason at mun.ca
Thu Feb 18 14:49:41 CET 2010


Hello Aditya,

Aditya Mahajan <adityam at umich.edu> writes:

> If you are willing to add more markup, then TeX can do the parsing for
> you.
>
> \startquestion[title={Ruby coloured by}, points=1, difficulty=1]
>   A ruby is a gem of corundum colored
>   \startoptions
>     \option Rutile
>     \option Calcium
>     \correctoption Chrumium
>     \option Iron and Titanium
>   \stopoptions
>   \starthint
>     ....
>   \stophint
>   \startfeedback
>    ...
>   \stopfeedback
> \stopquestion
>
> You can create a mode for ascii output that redefines all the
> environments to *typeset* the correct output, which you can then
> convert to text using pdftotext.
>
> Another option is to write everything in XML (it is almost the same ...)
> <question title="...", points=...., difficulty=...>
>   <text> A ruby .. </text>
>   <options>
>     <option> ... </option>
>     <option> ... </option>
>     <option correct="yes"> ... </option>
>     <option> ... </option>
>   </option>
>   <hint>
>    ....
>   </hint>
>   <feedback>
>    ...
>   </feedback>
> </question>
>
> With a few setup commands, ConTeXt can directly typeset an xml
> file. Parsing the xml file to generate ascii text can be done using
> your favourite programming language (or using ConTeXt by typesetting
> the desired output and using pdftotext).
>

Thank you very much.  I will work on this over the next week and decide
which method I like best.

I really appreciate you taking the time to help.

Best wishes,
Roger


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