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Documentation for different versions


Is there a mechanism for specifying which version of Moodle a particular document refers to? If, for instance, a feature is only available in version 1.6, how would a 1.5.3 user know they couldn't follow these instructions?

Equally, if something is done differently in two versions, how would we stop an edit war breaking out between 1.5.3 and 1.6 users? I appreciate this probably isn't an issue just yet, but it's possible it may become one in later versions.

Cheers, Chris Fryer 19:20, 1 February 2006 (WST)

Hi ChrisF, thanks for highlighting the issue of differences in Moodle versions. Perhaps a Moodle 1.6 template, inserted using the code
{{Moodle 1.6}}
, may be used to show features specific to Moodle 1.6. What do you think? --Helen Foster 04:22, 4 February 2006 (WST)
Good idea. I think that would clear it up nicely. CHRISF 18:08, 7 February 2006 (WST)

Template styles

Hi Helen! I noticed that you reverted my edits on Template:Book and Template:Assignments. You were right -- I didn't realise that the style doesn't match style. However, the current template doesn't look right either. It should float to the right instead of occupying a substantial part of the upper screen (for eg. on Calculated question developer docs page) -- this wil provide easier navigation. Also, the tempalate should be colorful and/or bordered -- this looks more attractive and the reader can understand that it is not a part of the article. May be we can have orange or similar colored templates (such as Template:Large Installations and Template:excerpted from Jason Cole) that match with style? Is there any official style documentation? Is there a style guide which describes styles for templates -- I couldn't find one? Utkarshraj Atmaram 17:40, 30 March 2006 (WST)

Hi Utkarshraj, thanks for your contributions to Moodle Docs. As you've found, MoodleDocs:Style guide and MoodleDocs:Styling contain all the Moodle Docs styling documentation to-date. Please add your comments about template styling to MoodleDocs talk:Styling. --Helen Foster 17:26, 31 March 2006 (WST)
Thank you! I've started the discussion at MoodleDocs talk:Styling. Utkarshraj Atmaram 19:14, 31 March 2006 (WST)
LoL, I just realized that the problem is not with the templates, but with themes. Templates just look find with the MoodleDocs theme, but when I am logged in, I use MonoBook theme -- it doesn't display them as right-aligned (at Wikipedia, we explicity make the templates right-aligned). Sorry for wasting your time! Utkarshraj Atmaram 14:44, 18 April 2006 (WST)

Removing erroneous pages

How can unsuitable pages be removed? I just found RHLANGUAGE which is not documentation-quality...Maybe you could do it (please) Helen? Not sure.

Best, --Dan Stowell 04:24, 4 May 2006 (WST)

Thanks Dan, for future reference please add the deletion template,
, to any unsuitable page you find. --Helen Foster 04:45, 5 May 2006 (WST)

Moodle Doc Is Great

You have done a great job and inspired me to use Media Wiki!

Thanks Martin, though it's everyone's contributions that make Moodle Docs a great resource! --Helen Foster 06:36, 24 May 2006 (WST)

New language MoodleDoc requests


Thanks Ethem, I'll do so as soon as possible. --Helen Foster 17:12, 15 June 2006 (WST)


I'd like to launch the Chinese Moodle Documentation translation. As I know, MediaWiki has the function that convert charset between Simplified Chinese(GB2312, GB18030) and Traditional Chinese(BIG5). So maybe it's no need to create two.

Now I'm a translator of moodle and maintain a special moodle Chinese version.--Sun Sunner 21:31, 22 July 2006 (WST)

Hi Sun, thanks for your offer. I'll be in touch soon. --Helen Foster 19:42, 23 July 2006 (WST)

Português Brasileiro

Hi Helen, we have met at MoodleMoot - i am coordinating the PT_BR translation and would like to launch the Wiki version in Português Brasileiro, starting with the documentation files. No problem with Wikis, i am already the admin of another wikimedia site. Our site has more than 400 people collaborating and i hope to get everybody involved in this new project! --Paula de Waal 02:02, 1 August 2006 (WST)


Hi Helen, I'm Intrested in starting MoodleDocs in Arabic ... would you please provide a directory for Arabic (ar) language. Many Thanks

Hi, thanks for your offer. Assuming you've read starting Moodle Docs in another language, please email, stating how many people are interested in contributing and who is willing to be an administrator. --Helen Foster 10:15, 12 December 2006 (CST)


Hi! Could you make a /no/Hovedside site where we could start editing Norwegian documentation. I've sent you a message in the Moodlesystem as well. KR John Harald

Hi John Harald, thanks for your offer. I'll be in touch soon. --Helen Foster 04:15, 16 January 2007 (CST)


Dear Helen, My company implements Moodle in Cluj, Transylvania, (Romania) we have contracted two Moodle installations at universities in my city. We have to do (anyway) a full Moodle translation to Romanian: the existing one is 10% complete. My coworkers will finish it this month, and it will be submitted to

In parallel, we have to ellaborate tutorials for Moodle (in Romanian), which will be assembled as a book. I would like to use this opportunity to translate the great amount of English articles to Romanian unsing the MoodleDocs framework. I think this can be beneficial to everybody, if you agree.

Best regards, Marcel

Hi Marcel,
Regarding the translation of Moodle into Romanian, I suggest that you inform translation coordinator Koen Roggemans ( now, rather than after you finish your work.
Thanks for your offer to start a Romanian Moodle Docs :-) Assuming you've read starting Moodle Docs in another language, please email stating how many people are interested in contributing and who is willing to be an administrator. --Helen Foster 09:40, 5 April 2008 (CDT)


Hi Helen, I would like to start translating MoodleDocs into Galician (gl). I'm familiar with wikis and am willing to become an administrator. Xosé Calvo 02:16, 12 November 2008 (CST)

Hi Xosé, thanks for your offer. Please email so I have your contact address. --Helen Foster 08:47, 14 November 2008 (CST)

Persian (Farsi)

Would you please setup a wiki for Persian (Farsi) language?

Hi, please start by reading starting Moodle Docs in another language. --Helen Foster 08:55, 14 November 2008 (CST)
Hi Helen, I already read that page and then wrote to you according to that page. Oh I checked it again right now and am seeing a different procedure. I guess you just updated it. Aren't you? ;-)
You're very observant Shamim, yes, the page has just been updated. We think it's most helpful for new Moodlers to have help pop-ups in their own language. Do you agree? --Helen Foster 05:39, 18 November 2008 (CST)

Word Censorship Page

Hi Helen,

Note sure why you deleted some of this page. The idea is (partly) to provide instructions on how to use the settings page of the filter. You also removed the 'see also' back to the main filters administration page. I'm not sure what's wrong with that either. Your advice appreciated :-)

--Howard Miller 22:54, 20 June 2006 (WST)

Oh, sorry Howard for not explaining my changes to Word censorship. I deleted text duplicated on the Word censorship settings page in Moodle and removed the See also link since Filters is listed in Category:Filter. However, please feel free to revert any/all of my changes. Your contributions to the documentation are always appreciated :-) --Helen Foster 17:03, 21 June 2006 (WST)
That's cool Helen. So is that the rule - don't put stuff in the docs that is already in the built-in help?? --Howard Miller 18:15, 21 June 2006 (WST)
The Moodle help files will remain in each language pack and so it is not necessary to include their text in this documentation, however sometimes it makes things clearer to do so, at least to start with. --Helen Foster 15:46, 22 June 2006 (WST)

Contrib code documentation

Hi Helen,

Where would you suggest I document contrib code. I have some documentation for the Moodle for Mobiles project which installs in {yourmoodleroot}/mobile The code is in cvs in contrib/mobile. It is general documentation about what MFM does.

I guess the place to put it would be


Hi Jamie, actually the project already has a page, Moodle for Mobiles ;-) though mobile could redirect to it. You're also welcome to use any documentation pages linked to Moodle for Mobiles pages in Moodle 1.6. --Helen Foster 15:56, 22 June 2006 (WST)
Thanks Helen!! Adding the documentation now. Will redirect from mobile as well. Jamie Pratt 16:08, 22 June 2006 (WST)
Cool Helen you did the redirect for me. Thanks for your very speedy response to my enquiry and all your help! -- Jamie Pratt 16:22, 22 June 2006 (WST)

Went through teacher documentation links

Hi Helen, before I ran off on vacation (holiday to you :) for a week ) you will notice I did some editing and adjusting. My focus was on what I consider the first impression a new teacher gets when they enter MoodleDocs.

Keep up the great work. --chris collman 22:43, 11 August 2006 (WST)

Thanks for sorting out the question type documentation

That really needed doing. --Tim Hunt 11:28, 11 September 2006 (CDT)

Wowie Zowie Helen - oh yeah, that is what we are talking about! And ditto the thanks to Tim, it will take me a while to switch my head to having lesson questions and quiz questions able to come from the same place (bank). I will be checking and changing links, away from Question types to specific pages on the Question Bank list. --chris collman 05:33, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

Thanks Tim, and a big THANK YOU for your work on the Quiz module. --Helen Foster 03:04, 12 September 2006 (CDT)

Joseph and Chris, thanks for your additional comments, which I've moved to Talk:Question types --Helen Foster 02:23, 9 October 2006 (CDT)

Quizzes and Questions

Hi Helen, this could me being confused, but if I am confused...... Example scenario, you go to the Quiz page and you wanted to know about quiz import/export (or worse still you didn't know it existed) that option doesn't exist on the menu. I know why - it's because that isn't part of the Quizzes 'group' (is that the right word? those double squiggly bracket things at the top of the page). It's part of the Questions group. I'm struggling big time to see how the two knit together - I'm not sure that they do! --Howard Miller 10:42, 1 December 2006 (CST)

Hi Howard, the reason why quiz and question pages have different templates is because questions may be used in lessons as well as quizzes. I've started adding a few question links to the page Editing a quiz. Please feel free to add more links wherever appropriate, thanks :-) --Helen Foster 12:45, 3 December 2006 (CST)

Those squiggly bracket thingies

Actually I can't find any documentation *anywhere* for those double-squiggly-bracket things at the top of many pages. Can we get something in the edit instructions please :-) --Howard Miller 11:09, 1 December 2006 (CST) Oh they're templates - I'll shut up now !!!! --Howard Miller 11:12, 1 December 2006 (CST)

Hi Howard, glad you found the templates info in MoodleDocs:Style guide. Please feel free to add something on templates to Help:Editing too ;-) --Helen Foster 12:35, 3 December 2006 (CST)

Page rename please

Helen, please can we rename Numerical_question_units_and_intervals to have a Development: prefix please. Thanks.

Done, thanks Tim. Any more pages to be renamed? --Helen Foster 01:02, 2 December 2006 (CST)

Yes please, another one: can we rename Development:OM Protocol to Development:Open protocol for accessing question engines, and change Development:Opaque to point to the new name too. Thanks 08:30, 4 December 2006 (CST)

Wow! That was fast!Tim Hunt 09:22, 4 December 2006 (CST)

Another one please: Cleanups_required_in_the_quiz_and_question_bank -> Development:Required quiz cleanups or similar.

template of templates

Hi wonderful Helen,

  • I tried creating the above template, which I thought might be useful in Teacher Documentation. Template:Teacher documentation
  • Where or how can I find a list of templates in MoodleDocs.

Best --chris collman 20:42, 23 December 2006 (CST)

Hi Chris, here's a list: All pages (Template namespace). Thanks, as always, for your contributions :-) --Helen Foster 16:44, 25 December 2006 (CST)
I am surprised that there are not more. I will try to create one but only put it "off the beaten track" and will ask your opinion. Thanks, and I appreciate all YOUR work. Happy Holidays. --chris collman 16:55, 26 December 2006 (CST)
Hi Chris, sorry I didn't see your Teacher documentation template before now. It looks great :-) Please go ahead and put it on the Teacher documentation page. --Helen Foster 04:07, 16 January 2007 (CST)

SUSE Linux Server 10 shell script by Alex Inman contains a link to which downloads a shell script. The script looks like it requires root priviledges to run. From a security point, this is worrying - is there anything that can be done to quarantine the page until someone can verify (or preferably ask Alex if the install can do without the script altogether)? --Ken Wilson 17:24, 7 January 2007 (CST)

Hi Ken, thanks for your comments which have been moved to Talk:SUSE Linux Server 10. Hopefully Alex will respond soon. --Helen Foster 05:30, 9 January 2007 (CST)

"Development:" Prefix

I have noticed that names many of the articles in the Developer Category are prefixed with the word Development while others are not. Ain't this inconsistent?

vikram solia 20:53, 6 February 2007 (CST)

Hi Vikram, thanks for your comments. There are no doubt more pages in Category:Developer which require the Development prefix - the documentation wiki is a work in progress ;-) However, I don't think that all pages should be prefixed, as some pages are of interest to non-developers too, for example Themes. --Helen Foster 03:54, 7 February 2007 (CST)
In fact, wouldn't it be better if Development was a suffix and not a prefix as that would allow articles to be listed under their appropriate alphabet instead of getting aggregated under 'D' due to the 'Development' prefix. -- vikram solia 11:45, 7 February 2007 (CST)
The reason it's a prefix is that it makes it the Development namespace, which may be searched separately from the main namespace. Regarding the listing of pages in Category:Developer, this is reported as bug [ MDLSITE-96] and awaits fixing ;-) --Helen Foster 10:39, 8 February 2007 (CST)

Lesson demo update

Hi Helen, just realized when I sent you a message in your Moodle site, I did not reference that I was talking about what I had done there. Figure you will look here before there. I am slowly making progress. - Best Chris--chris collman 17:26, 3 April 2007 (CDT)

This project fell off my "daily chip away at it" list and I think I was within 4 hours of having an improved lesson topic section for ready for the sharks to tear apart <grin> I even made a special out of the way Lesson Demo page in MoodleDocs! FYI: I am going to find what I was working on back in April, restore it to 1.9 localhost and pick up the ball again. I will be asking you for a public sandbox 1.9 when I get it together. I apologize. Thanks to HOP this hit me over the head this morning. Mea cupa --chris collman 06:05, 7 December 2007 (CST)
FYI; See tracker [ MDLSITE-304]. --chris collman 16:28, 7 December 2007 (CST)

Please can you delete Cleanups_required_in_the_quiz_and_question_bank

It is obsolete. Lots of it has been done, and the other items now exist as tracker bugs, which is the right place for them. Thanks.Tim Hunt 05:22, 23 June 2007 (CDT)

Done, thanks Tim. --Helen Foster 06:43, 23 June 2007 (CDT)

Please fix my typo in a page title

I screwed up. Emails notification and confirmation when quizzes are submitted should start Email, singular. There are only links there from the roadmap page, and the quiz template. Sorry for being so careless.

No problem, it's now Quiz submission email notification. --Helen Foster 12:12, 26 June 2007 (CDT)

Page style question

Hi Helen,

  1. I noticed in Lesson forum we had the usual confusion between questions in Lesson or questions in Quiz. This extends to MoodleDocs. I made some changes which I hope starts to seperate the 2 types. --chris collman 12:30, 31 August 2007 (CDT)

Import Data to Grade Book

I am new to Moodle and I do not know where to ask this. Please excuse if I am at the wrong place . I know that I can post off-line assignment and grade it; Can I use this to import the marks that I have already awarded. I have these marks in an excel file. I know I can grade the off-line assignment one student at a time. Ccan I copy + paste all the data in one step? What can the grade book plus do in this context? Sanjay P. K. 06:05, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Moodle database module - javascript

I have been trying in vain to find some documentation on using javascript templates in the database module. Could you possibly point me in the direction of how to use this feature? --Lindsay Magnus 04:27, 24 October 2007 (CDT)

Hi Lindsay, as far as I know there is not yet any documentation on using JavaScript templates in the database module. Perhaps you could take a look at the JavaScript template in the image gallery preset and/or ask about it in the Using Moodle Database module forum. Please add anything you discover to Database templates to hopefully encourage others to contribute documentation too. --Helen Foster 03:01, 25 October 2007 (CDT)
Thanx Helen, I have put what I have figured so far, I hope it is the type of thing that is useful on moodle Docs --Lindsay Magnus 06:00, 25 October 2007 (CDT)
Great! It's very useful. Thanks Lindsay :-) --Helen Foster 06:20, 25 October 2007 (CDT)

Organising New pages

Hi helen, I've started work on some Wimba pages. The MoodleDocs links take me through to mod/voicetools/mod, mod/voicetools/index & mod/voicetool/view. You will see that I have already statred working on /mod.

  1. How do I add rename pages so they are more friendly /Wimba/Adding_a_voice_tool for example?
  2. Can i create a /Wimba index page?
  3. Can i create a Wimba category?

Many thanks Matt

Hi Matt,
It's probably easiest for me to rename pages for you if you let me know the more friendly names (see Moodle Docs page renaming for an alternative method).
Regarding creating additional pages, please respect the fact that Moodle Docs is for Moodle documentation. In general, the Moodle Docs link pages should be sufficient. --Helen Foster 16:25, 14 November 2007 (CST)
Thanks Helen. I've redirected a third page too, hope I got it right. I've created a wimba overview page in the non-standard modules category as well.
Hoping to do some work on the assignment pages this week :-) --Matt Lingard 11:21, 19 November 2007 (CST)

Assign admin

Hi Helen,

The other day, you redirected my 'assign admin' page to a different. I was planning to submit this for the High School Open Source competition that google is holding. I havn't claimed it yet because i wanted to check anything and maybe submit and extra one with it.

This page woul;d have counted as a Documentation Page fixed.

Please reply soon

Michael P

Hi Michael, thanks for your documentation on assigning admins and good to hear you're planning on taking part in the Google Highly Open Participation project :-) Please start by claiming a task from the list here: then if you claim a documentation task I can help you further --Helen Foster 07:52, 17 December 2007 (CST)

Change the name of site

Hello, could you please change this: Dodaj/edytuj kurs into this: Dodaj/edytuj kursy (

No problem, it's changed. Thanks for your documentation contribution :-) --Helen Foster 09:20, 26 December 2007 (CST)

FAQ mystery

I'm not sure when this happened but when you used to do a search for FAQ you got a list of the FAQs (sensible). Now you get an useless category page with nothing in it. I'm unsure why --Howard Miller 09:23, 8 January 2008 (CST)

Hi Howard, the blank category page is a bug - it should display like this: Category:FAQ. As a work-around I have listed the FAQ pages here: FAQ. --Helen Foster 10:33, 8 January 2008 (CST)

Rename request

Helen, please could you rename

Development:Plans_for_enhancing_import/export_in_questiontype_plugins to


Since Howard has now implemented it.

Done: Development:Import/export for questiontype plugins. Thanks Tim and Howard :-) --Helen Foster 05:24, 11 January 2008 (CST)

I add topic in comunity brazil. and add dicussion for Paula de Wall

Rewording to contributed code ?

Hi Helen, Do I understand that you would like to see MoodleSpeak moving towards "contributed code" and away from "non-standard" ? Thus Certificate is a "Contributed code module" . It sounds much more collaborative and MoodleLike AND less like a hack for some proprietary software package. Good idea even if the ripples are going to be hard to predict ! --chris collman 09:19, 3 February 2008 (CST)

Chris, you're very observant! Yes, we're going to rename "non-standard code" as "contributed code" (or "contrib" for short) - see MDLSITE-329. --Helen Foster 09:49, 15 February 2008 (CST)

Messy pages and the like

Helen, do you think it might be a thought to create a category for "Needing attention" pages. Some pages have become very "messy" and could do with some TLC. It would be handy to mark them when found and then we (or someone) can come back later and fix them. I know it puts a negative blight on a page though.... --Howard Miller 06:23, 30 March 2008 (CDT)

Nice idea, something like a stub. Suggest whatever it is, be placed on the discussion page, not the main page (my pet peeve with wikipedia and their 1/3 page "improvement" templates). Ooops, Helen does such a great job in curtailing that sort of thing, it must be were I have learned my "attitude". --chris collman 11:49, 30 March 2008 (CDT)
Howard and Chris, thanks for your comments. Would the Template:Update|update template be suitable, or should we create a "Needing attention" template and category? --Helen Foster 15:23, 30 March 2008 (CDT)
Can not speak for Howard, but I have an excuse. I didn't look hard enough because I am bald and forever a Newbie :) That will do fine. --chris collman 06:19, 31 March 2008 (CDT)
That's always been there hasn't it :-) Yes, that'll do nicely. --Howard Miller 03:24, 3 April 2008 (CDT)
Note the template update refers to 1.9, has 3 links at the moment. --chris collman 15:56, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Game module

Hi, In the Game module is two times. One time as Hangman and one time as Game. Please delete the Hangman.

No problem, page deleted as requested. --Helen Foster 14:56, 3 April 2008 (CDT)

SCORM 2004 support - has this materialized?

Hi Helen,

I noticed that you've been involved in efforts to make the SCORM/AICC module conformant with SCORM 2004. Did this effort ever produce results? We're thinking of using Moodle on a project that requires SCORM 2004 conformance.


Dan Young

Can you remove...

This page : Development:Import questions --Howard Miller 03:47, 11 July 2008 (CDT)

Done. Thanks Howard --Helen Foster 08:55, 11 July 2008 (CDT)

Wiki rights please!

Hi Helen!

Would it be possible to get some more editing rights in the wiki? Particularly being able to move pages would be helpful because I keep forgetting to namespace them in Development:

Ta! Penny

Done. Thanks Penny --Helen Foster 10:14, 22 July 2008 (CDT)

Chris Major page changes - Request reviews

Administration block ultimate disambig

I may have overstepped my bounds. I was a little surprised to find so many disambig links. The list sort of demonstrates why I think Administration block should get a disambig tag. Would you like me to try and straighten out which is what? :)--chris collman 08:00, 30 September 2008 (CDT)

Yes please Chris, that would be wonderful! Thanks for your offer :-) --Helen Foster 17:02, 30 September 2008 (CDT)

Check Draft please

Hi Helen. Would you check out my draft Authentication page?

Best --chris collman 11:01, 24 July 2008 (CDT)

Hi Chris, please see Talk:Authentication for my comments on your draft. Again, a big THANK YOU for your ideas and suggestions :-) --Helen Foster 08:04, 30 July 2008 (CDT)

Hi Helen. Would you or somebody check out my draft Upload users page ? Best --chris collman 08:51, 25 July 2008 (CDT)

Hi Chris, as I'm so slow at getting round to reviewing your suggested major page changes, I've created a review template and a category - Category:Pages requiring a review - to encourage others to help with reviewing! --Helen Foster 12:07, 29 August 2008 (CDT)
You know how I feel about banner like templates that demand  :-) Here are the positive statements that I will try to follow. I will use the category so it appears at the bottom of the article page. If I use any banner like template (except stub), it will appear on the comment page with the proposed revision or comment below it. Thanks for suggestions, my biggest problem is remembering to do it! --chris collman 07:22, 30 August 2008 (CDT)

Where did you find the information about MediaWiki:Loginprompt

Oh, and hello! But a question: I really tried to search the MediaWiki manuals on how to change the login prompt, but didn't find out (or guess) that it is MediaWiki:Loginprompt. I tried MediaWiki:UserLogin. Where did you find that information? In case I need to dig up similar information some other time. (Plus I'm going nuts not finding it :-) --Samuli Karevaara 22:42, 7 September 2008 (CDT)

Hi Samuli, Mediawiki's equivalent to Moodle's language packs is the list of system messages, available via the special pages link in the toolbox. To change any words or phrases in the interface, just search the system messages and edit the appropriate MediaWiki page. (Note: Only wiki admins can edit MediaWiki pages.) --Helen Foster 02:48, 8 September 2008 (CDT)
Thanks a bunch! I was looking at that list also, but somehow didn't connect the dots. (Click the links, that is...) D'oh. --Samuli Karevaara 04:59, 8 September 2008 (CDT)