One of the features of the new organization in WeBWorK 2.0
(currently in preview release) is the ease with which the "look" of
each page can be altered using a template. It is not necessary to
rewrite the code -- the template that defines most of the graphics
layout of a page is stored in a different file. By customizing this
file each course can have its own look.
Here's an example of this flexibility in action. The original "bare
bones" template we have been using during development can be seen at
This is the calculus course (series and sequences) which I am currently teaching. I am using WeBWorK 2.0 in its trial run.
Asked to put up a version that more closely resembled WeBWorK 1.8 in layout, designer Dennis Lambe responded:
"... what a great opportunity to
show off the templating system, huh? After about five minutes of hacking
on my template file (and a couple of "oopies" patches), I've got a
template that's almost identical to the old system."
The link below runs the same system as the link above, with one different HTML file (the template).
(Notice that the port numbers, such as :1101 in the link above
are important. We are running experimental systems and they are not
on the standard ports.)
modifying this template file one can achieve an intermediate design,
between the old style and the "bare bones" style, one combining the
desired attributes of each.
It is now relatively easy to create completely new graphical layouts relatively easily.
We invite your comments, suggestions and wish lists.
Posted by Michael Gage on 2/28/03; 8:31:06 AM
from the dept.