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This page is only for helping me keeping track of all the topics I am interested in.

FAQ pages

Hi Frank, thanks for creating XML FAQ. I hope you don't mind that I made a start on Import and export FAQ. Your help in adding more content to these pages would be much appreciated. --Helen Foster 04:21, 4 December 2008 (CST)

XML related resources

OpenLearn XML

Some useful resources on OpenLearn XML format:

--Frank Ralf 08:42, 11 December 2008 (CST)

Latest OpenLearn Schema is version 1.2 available from This is the Open University (UK)'s xml schema used for all content production. We then render this into HTML and use core Moodle functions to create content in the moodle database to display that HTML. --Jenny Gray

Moodle XML Schema roadmap

Here are some unsorted first thoughts about the best way of creating a Moodle XML Schema:

  • Creating a XML Schema based on the Moodle XML documentation
  • Modular schema, one for each question type: better extensibility
  • Comparison with OpenLearn XML Schema

--Frank Ralf 08:19, 12 December 2008 (CST)

XSLT transformations

  • Glossary XML => Quiz XML for making quizzes out of glossaries (e.g. vocabulary lists)
  • XML => RTF for printouts

--Frank Ralf 06:40, 21 January 2009 (CST)

What Moodle could learn from Drupal

  • integrating jQuery
  • preview for comments in the forums
  • more DIV ids and classes for flexible layout options with CSS: MDL-17987
  • automatic update notifications
  • strict separation between core modules and contributed code
  • multisite installation
  • using gettext .po-files for translation
  • hooks, triggers, events

--Frank Ralf 11:28, 28 January 2009 (CST)


The DPL (Dynamic Page List) extension for MediaWiki doesn't seem to be installed (yet):

<dpl> category = Development </dpl>

--Frank Ralf 09:23, 25 February 2009 (CST)

I'm not convinced by your recent FAQ pages

I don't see the point in pages like PHP_FAQ and Javascript FAQ. (link corrected --Frank Ralf 02:06, 6 February 2009 (CST))

  1. We already had pages like PHP. Forking that page seems like a bad idea.
  2. Almost all the questions are not frequently asked. When you you every seen people ask these questions in the forums?

I think you have added some useful content. I just think it would be better to refactor it, rather than forcing it into an abuse of the FAQ concept.

Hi, Tim. I see your point about not forking pages but refactoring existing ones, but I think FAQ pages are a better entry point. Even the documentation main page states "Please help us expand our frequently asked questions - see Category:FAQ." I only found the PHP page by using the search function, which I think should not be the primary way to find documentation.
Regarding the PHP page I already thought of merging the two, but I would prefer keeping the FAQ page instead. But perhaps we should move this discussion to the forums? I did it: --Frank Ralf 02:16, 6 February 2009 (CST)

Top of page


Hi Ralf, the link to UX definition was at the top of the page, it gives context to the entire page since the page itself does not really introduce what it means by UX or usability. -- (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Olli_Savolainen (talkcontribs) .)

Hi, Olli. I suspected that. And you are right, one would expect a page named "Usability" to explain the general concept first. But in that case I think it would be better to write a short paragraph on the page itself instead of sending readers to an external page just after the very first sentence. IMO that is very bad usability ;-) And please sign your comments so that it't easier to follow a discussion. TIA. --Frank Ralf 06:59, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Hi. You do have a point, but I still think it is much better than nothing (which the current state in most use cases isn't, since the link won't be found at the time it is needed, before reading the rest of the page)?--Olli Savolainen 09:54, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
I think we should really write a short introductory paragraph (or even a separate page) about the general concept of usability, perhaps borrow something from your linked site? (And perhaps we should move this discussion to the Moodle Documentation or the Usability forum?) --Frank Ralf 17:33, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, it is a copyrighted page. Of course, if you want to write something or ask in the Usability forum for someone's help to do that, feel free, but until then, I found the link quite sufficient for starters, before an actual problem with it is discovered or a real need for a more extensive writeup - if people really want to study the subject, they will find the links at the bottom of the page, but just to provide context the links should work. Thanks. --Olli Savolainen 17:56, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
I put the link back in place, with some some additional information about its purpose. Thanks for your input! --Frank Ralf 18:18, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Thanks!--Olli Savolainen 18:21, 31 March 2009 (UTC)