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About Question Tools

We started developing Question Tools in the summer of 2001, and our aim was to create a state-of-the-art tool for editing and creating interactive question-oriented materials, combined with easy-to-use mechanisms for delivering content and collecting results. Our aims were:

  • To create a professional suite of products that provided a full end-to-end solution, built in C++ — not balanced on top of any other authoring tool.
  • To ensure that delivery could take place in a web browser without the need for a plug-in.
  • To offer simple and easy methods for creating and editing questions (SimpleSet).
  • To create a professional editor, that allows users to drag and drop items where they want them to be, with multiple undo, multiple open questions, spell-checking, alignment tools, visual styles, properly-integrated help, etc. — in fact all of the things you expect from a quality editing tool (Editor Suite).
  • To create a comprehensive delivery and analysis tool (the NetSeries range of products).
  • To create the means whereby publishers can create, deliver and charge for interactive, online content (NetPublisher and NetEnterprise).
  • To provide a free alternative to a web browser where high levels of security and reliability are needed (Question Tools Exam).
  • To have a pricing model that did not have a player to licence.
  • To make some significant tools available for free, so that innovative educators without a budget could still take advantage of our software (www.questiontools.org).

The last aim was a difficult one to combine with a commercial business, but we eventually decided to give significant portions of the authoring tools away for free, and to charge for the tools users would need to collect results. This way Question Tools could be freely used by educators adopting the Aristotle approach to learning, but organizations that wanted to collect results would pay for our commercial software.

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