SUVRATOONS – Adobe Flash reaches end of life

SUVRATOONS – Adobe Flash reaches end of life, those who started their careers in late 90’s and early 20’s know the power of Adobe Flash (previously known as Macromedia Flash)…with year 2020 ending, this legacy application was also end quietly….we just have it’s memory now. Adobe Flash reaches end of life, let me know your views…

My tribute with my cartoon (suvratoons) to legendary Adobe Flash….

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Adobe Captivate issue of displaying Failure text box.

Adobe Captivate is a software which is very famous in the eLearning domain. It is useful in creating eLearning content. It has few issues, and while doing research about one such issue I had not found any proper answers on the internet, so thought to share the solution I found out during my research. We are discussing the latest version of Adobe Captivate 2019 Release. Hope you have intermediate/Advance knowledge about Adobe Captivate.

Figure 1.1: Click box with Success and Failure messages

Issue: “Failure” display is not working in “Click box” object from the “Interactions” menu.

Case: It’s a very weird problem, it seems a bug in the software itself.

When you place two text boxes as right and wrong answers, to activate it, we need to place ” Click box” from “Interactions” menu. With this “Click box” comes three text cum click areas which are “Success”, “Failure” and “Hint”.

When someone clicks on “Click box”, as per standard functionality of “Click box” one/two objects should show up (Success-Hint or Failure-Hint etc.)

But you just want to show “Success” or “Hint” then it’s fine because it will work fine. But if you want to show the “Failure” text message after clicking on “Click box” your problem starts, it will not show the “Failure” message.

Solution:

Figure 1.2: Hint box spread over Text box which we want to show as a wrong answer, and Click box on the right side of the same Text box.
  1. Very simple solution but little weird…..when you want to show “Failure” message, just use the “Hint” area to click and reduce the “Click box” to the minimum (don’t delete it completely)…Whoa!!! problem solved 🙂
  2. Don’t forget to select “Success”, “Failure” and “Hint” options as per your choice from Property area on the right. Check Figure 1.3.
  3. For “Sucess”, just place “Click box” on the text box which you think will be the correct answer. After someone clicks on this “Click box” success text will appear.
  4. Check Figure 1.2 and Figure 1.3 for more understanding.
Figure 1.3: Hint box spread over Text box which we want to show as a wrong answer, and Click box on the right side of the same Text box.

Note: Above procedure is for students/professional/users with intermediate knowledge of Adobe Captivate 2019 and not for beginners.

Missing Character entities in Dreamweaver CS5

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It’s been long time that I haven’t update my blog, I know but I was so busy in my schedule that didn’t find out time to write some good article. I had done some fantastic work during this time. And during my work find out something interesting in Dreamweaver CS5, which I want to share with you all.

In XSLT, some characters are not allowed in certain contexts. For example, you cannot use the less than sign (<) and the ampersand (&) in the text between tags or in an attribute value. The XSLT transformation engine will give you an error if those characters are used incorrectly. To solve the problem, you can specify character entities to replace the special characters.

A character entity is a string of characters that represents other characters. Character entities are either named or numbered. A named entity begins with an ampersand (&) followed by the name or characters, and ends with a semicolon (;). For example, &lt; represents the left angle bracket character (<). Numbered entities also start and end the same way, except that a hash sign (#) and a number specify the character.

XSLT has the following five predefined entities:

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Figure 1.1: Predefined entities

So now biggest question is that suppose if we try to write some special character, than from where we get the ‘Entity Code’  for that special character. It’s easy, look up the missing character in the character entity reference page on the W3C website i.e. www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/sgml/entities.html

Let’s select ‘micro’ entity in the webpage. Write down its Entity and CDATA details, which are as follows: Entity: micro CDATA: &#181;

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Figure 1.2: Entity and CDATA for ‘micro’

Now open XML file present in Dreamweaver application folder (where you install Dreamweaver, in Program files)….Configuration/DocumentTypes/MMDocumentTypesDeclarations.xml

Open this XML file in text editor or XML editor of your choice. Locate the text ‘mm_xslt_1’ and,

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Figure 1.3: mm_xslt_1 declaration

after that place Entity and CDATA in appropriate location. Save the XML file.

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Figure 1.4: Entity and CDATA

Now, open Dreamweaver CS5, and in Code view write &micro; …………….. Its amazing to see micro sign on Design view of Dreamweaver CS5.

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Figure 1.5: ‘micro’ sign in Code and Design view

You can experiment with many symbols available in W3C website.

Reference: Dreamweaver help, other internet links