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### 8.5 Created web form exams

The procedures to create web form exams are very similar to the creation of LaTeX exams, with the followwing differences:

1. Some special instructions have to be defined in the test description file to define parameters of the html form being created.
2. Some additional macros have to be defined in the master LaTeX file to format the layout of the form.
3. Instead of processing the LaTeX output with TeX/LaTeX, the LaTeX file has to be processed with “tth” to convert it to html. Manyex prepares the LaTeX code to be used with this specific program. If some other program were to be used to create the html form, manyex code would have to be adjusted to produce the appropiate input for that program.

The example can be found in the subdirectory example_web of the distribution tree.

Here is the master file for this example , master.sty:

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%%% Master latex file to generate web form exams
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%%% Global header. This macro is called once at the beginning of the
%%% batch of exams.

\def\tthdump#1{#1} % Do nothing. The following are not done for TtH.
% Useful to put LaTeX code that will not be used
% by tth.
% This counter will be used for a hack for correct numbering of
% questions, usually it is not needed except when lumping true/false
% exercises together
\newcounter{question}\setcounter{question}{1}

%%% This will be used in the answer output
\smallskip

\smallskip
}

%%% Print this on each exam, before the exercises

{\bf\Large Universitat Pompeu Fabra}

{\bf\Large Group: 01}

{\bf\Large Permutation Number: \mnserialnumber}

\centerline{\Large Final Exam}

\bigskip

}

%%% Print this on each exam, after the questions.
%%% Questions are numbered correlatively by default, extending over
%%% different exercises. With the definitions here the numbering
%%% will restart at each exercise. Usually just \mnquestionnumber is
%%% used.
\newcommand{\mnpaperfooter}{}

%%% The next definitions are specifid for html form exams. They format
%%% different aspects of the form fields.
we will not be able to identify your test and it will not be graded:

}

\newcommand{\mnformfooter}{

\smallskip

{\bf \large VERY IMPORTANT: Do not forget to click on I finished
at the end of the test.}

}

\bigskip

If you have finished you can send your test for correction, by
clicking on the following button:

}

\newcommand{\mnsubmitfooter}{}

%%% Print this before each exercise
\setcounter{question}{1}
{\noindent \bf \large Exercise \mnexercisenumber}: }

%%% This will be used by the group of true/false questions. This macro
%%% is put in front of an exercise/enexercise group of exercises.
{Say if the following statement are true or false:

\smallskip

}

%%% Print this after each exercise - The question'' counter is a
%%% hack to allow for correct numbering of questions within exercises
\newcommand{\mnexercisefooter}{}

%%% Print this before each question
{\noindent \bf Question \arabic{question}:

%%% Print this after each question
\newcommand{\mnquestionfooter}{}

\smallskip

\smallskip}

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COMMENT: The formaction field specifies a web server where the cgi for processing the form are located. WARNING: be careful with cgi scripts, check security concerns in the Internet.

The test description file for this case is the following:

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# This is a test description file for "manyex"
#
# To create the html form exams give the command
#
#    manyex -w -f file-name
#
# where file-name is the name of this file.
#
# This will create "exam"N.tex and "answer"N.tex,
# where "exam" and "answer" are the prefixes
# that you choose below (if not defined the pre-
# fixes will be actually "exam" and "answer") and
# N is a correlative number from 0 to total exams
# being created minus one.
#
# To create the web form exams (or answers if you
# want to show them in the web) pass the LaTeX
# code through "tth" (http://hutchinson.belmont.ma.us/tth/).
#
# It also creates mn-correct, a text file where
# each line starts with the exam number (001, 002,
# ...) followed by the correct answers for each
# question (A,B,C... for # multiplechoice, A=true,
# B=false for true/false and just A's for short-
# answer), and mn-logfile with information on
# the tasks done by manyex.
#
# Look at mc-logfile after each run for possible
# errors.
#
##################################################

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#
#  Base directory for database of exercises
#
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directory "../example_base"

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#
# 1st part: Options and definitions for latex file
#
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# Options for documentclass article
documentclassoptions "12pt,a4paper"

# Packages to be included - I
# configure my preferred document layout in manyex.sty, which
# you can find in this same directory
usepackage "manyex"

# Master tex file with macro definitions (<mastertex>.sty)
mastertex "master"

# Latex file prefix for the exams (<examtex>.tex)
examtex "exam"

# Be careful not to have some other files in the exercise
# database directories starting also with this prefix. For
# instance grapchics filenames should start differently.
exerprefix "exer"

# Options for web form
# These options will define the parameters of the html form
pagetitle "Final exam"
formaction "http://www.examplemanyex/cgi-bin/test.cgi"
inifield ( name="firstname" label="First Name: " type="text" size="40")
inifield ( name="lastname" label="Last Name: " type="text" size="40")
inifield ( name="grup" label="Group: " type="text" size="5")
inifield ( name="dni" label="Student ID: " type="text" size="10"
text="If you haven't been assigned a Student ID yet enter XXXXXXX:")
textsubmit "I finished!"

##################################################
#                                                #
#  2nd part: describe the tests to be created    #
#                                                #
##################################################

# Set random seed
# If you change this number the tests created
# will be different. With this you can always reproduce
# the same sequence of exams, if needed.
seed 8726

# Set first serial number (exam numbering).
# and will increase by 1.
serial 1

# Define exercise types and how many exercises are required
# per type. The first argument is an integer expressing
# how many exercises of this type are to be included in the
# exam. There should be enough exercises of this type in the
# corresponding subdir of the exercise database (or subdirs,
# more than one can be specified). The second argument
# specifies (between quotes) the name of the subdir where
# the exercises are contained within the exercise database.
# More than one subdir can be speficied:
# use 3 from "1num_1", "1num_2"
# for instance.

# exercise/endexercise lumps all true/false questions together
# and puts a header "Exercise 1" in front of them, otherwise each
# true/false question would be indexed: "Exercise 1 - Question 1",
# "Exercise 2 - Question 2"... and so on.
exercise
use 5 from "1num_t"
use 5 from "Normal_t"
endexercise
# We now include the rest of exercises
use 1 from "1num_m"
use 1 from "Normal_m"
use 1 from "Normal_s"

# Total number of exams to create, you can create as many exams
# as you want, they will be all different unless you have very
# few exercises in the database and you request a lot of exams
create 4

##################################################
### End test-description file
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Once you have generated the html forms, you can place them in a web server, and with the appropiate scripts you can use them so that they are opened randomly and the results saved for later processing and grading.