Unwanted asterisks in Mark the Words

akud's picture

Dear all,

we experienced a problem creating a Mark the Words (1.7.5) activity from inside Column (1.5.4), using Windows and Chrome.

I tried rewriting it from scratch (Mac, Chrome), and it resulted in the same error. Just to give another shot, I've created a new (and only) Mark the Words content (i.e. without Column), but the error came out again. 

Basically, we have marked some compound verbs (e.g. "She *will take off* her makeup", "You *were looking for* his gloves"). So in some cases they work, but in others they don't.

Schematically, I'm reporting asterisked compounds from the backend (>>>) and their results in the frontend:

  • *si sono subito divisi* >>> si sono subito divisi --- and that's ok.
  • *si è alzata* >>> *si è alzata* --- here's the issue.


All this is clearly and better evident from the screenshots (here attached).

Thanks for your attention.


PD. I've added a new screenshot (with verification checkmarks).

Content types: 
BV52's picture

Hi akud,

Mark the Words was not designed to handle phrases. Although as we've noticed it does and currently there are no plans to limit it's caability to just words. There is are also no plans as of the moment for it to actually support phrases. 

It does allow us to use phrases but only for certain situations. First there should be a space right after the "closing" asterisk and there should be another character after the space. In your example the reason why some of it works is that it follows the what I mentioned above, the ones that doesn't work either have a period or comma right after the asterisk. What you can do is place a space right after the asterisk. I know that this may not look pretty but for now that is the only way for it to work. You can check the sample content I created.


otacke's picture

If you want to use a patched version, you can download it from the repository branch referenced in one of our issue tickets.

However, this solution suffers from what Thomas describes in the ticket: If students hover over the words, you can easily determine which are correct, because you cannot have wrong solutions with phrases but only single words.