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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-35028

Provide the option of linking directly to Google Docs Repository content



    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.3.1
    • Fix Version/s: DEV backlog
    • Component/s: Repositories
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      For most repositories (Wikimedia, Picasa, Flickr Public) I can choose whether I want to make a copy or link to a file directly.

      Why does Google Docs only allow me to create an .rtf version of the document? Why can I not just choose to link to the file directly and have it open in html? Downloading an .rtf to a smartphone, for example, is a bit inconvenient.

      I know I can embed published Google docs via iFrame (which is what I currently do) but that's an extra hoop to jump through, and I suspect only the patient and web savvy teachers will attempt to do this. Having the html link option in the file picker would make it easier for them and more accessible for our smartphone obsessed students, too.

      I am not sure if this is technically possible because I don't know enough about the process of how Moodle creates the .rtf files. Is there a way for Moodle to access the google.com/document/pub?id=...key... and create a link to it?

      (added as per http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=209539#p913858)


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