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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-6231

Better syntax error messages during GIFT import


    • Type: New Feature
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Not a bug
    • Affects Version/s: 1.6.1
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Quiz
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      Creating or updating Quiz activity, importing quizzes from GIFT text file (~250 questions, mostly multiple choice);

      GIFT file has occasional typos;

      import chokes without explanation, just Cannot insert question

      I have several problems with this:

      First, it makes no sense that the ONLY place the question import function is available is inside the process for creating a specific quiz: the question bank is for all quizzes.

      Second, it is immensely frustrating that when the import fails as described, I am hurled out of the course back into the moodle lobby. To continue, I am forced to reselect the course category, reselect the course, and then reselect the quiz for editing (but dammit! I am NOT editing the quiz - I'm trying to import questions!!!)

      Third, (and worst) I have no idea why the import has choked in the first place, and so I'm reduced to editing the file, deleting that question, and trying again.

      p.s. sorry if this comes off as griping - I really do think the quiz module is wonderful ... and I can't use it unless I can import questions from file.

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