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Creating a popup menubox in a specified notebook
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg82380] Creating a popup menubox in a specified notebook
*From*: "tom_toad at telus.net" <tom_toad at telus.net>
*Date*: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 04:51:57 -0400 (EDT)
Hello!
I wonder if anyone can give me a bit of help with this problem.
I am thinking of using the popupmenubox idea in the tests I create
in my math classes.
Students would use the menu to select a response.
These responses would be stored in variables corresponding to the
problem number.
For example
PopupMenu[Dynamic[p1], {"a", "b", "c", "d", "e"}]
would create a popup menu with 5 choices, and the choice would be
stored in variable p1
PopupMenu[Dynamic[p2], {"a", "b", "c", "d", "e"}]
would create a popup menu with 5 choices, and the choice would be
stored in variable p2
I have written some programs that create "random" math problems and
answers, and use this to create math tests and assignments
Here is my problem
I can create a popupmenu in another window using the following
first create a new notebook
fred = CreateWindow[];
then create the popup menu in the new notebook.... the cell context
of p1 would mean the choice would be stored in variable p1
NotebookWrite[fred,
Cell[BoxData[
PopupMenuBox[
Dynamic[$CellContext`p1], {"a" -> "\<\"a\"\>", "b" -> "\<\"b\"\>",
"c" -> "\<\"c\"\>", "d" -> "\<\"d\"\>", "e" -> "\<\"e\"\>"}]],
"Output"]]
How would I write that so I can build a line where the cell context
can be changed under program control.... I.E. how would I create the
expression for the $CellContext`p1 part of that line if the variable
will be different for each question (say p1 for problem1, p2 for
problem 2, and so on)
I could then take my list of CORRECT answers , compare them with the
list {p1, p2, ..... } and "autograde" the test.
Perhaps the whole idea is crazy, I was just thinking of ways I might
learn and use some of these new features in Mathematica 6.
Any comments or ideas would be appreciated.
Sincerely,
Tom De Vries
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