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RTF Editor & Print Template
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[about this tutorial]
This tutorial is intended for TG customers who:
• Want to use some/all of TG’s rtf-enabled test properties
• Want to modify/customize the default print template
• Want to modify/customize the Study Guide and Test Key report output

[options]
Customers can schedule an RTF-specific online training session
Note: an active maintenance subscription is required.
Training credits are also available for purchase.

[questions?]
Please contact us: support@testshop.com, 480.704.4804.
Thank You.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[background]
In 2007 we introduced the concept of the "rtf editor", a feature
that was applied to print templates and various rtf-enabled test properties.
This feature also influenced the display and print output of the Study Guide
and Test Key reports.


[what is RTF?]
As defined in Wikipedia, 'The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a
free document file format developed by Microsoft in 1987 for cross-platform
document interchange. Most word processors are able to read and write RTF
documents.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format
           RTF Editor & Print Template

[how is RTF used in TG?]
The RTF format in TG provides test authors with an unparalleled
range of customization options which control, or influence, the
display of information before, during and after testing.

Right, an RTF "stage" from TG's
System > Settings > Print Template. The
rtf template is highlighted in yellow.
              RTF Editor & Print Template

[how is RTF used in TG?]
If you were to open the sample CPR test under the Sample Class,
and select Print Preview > Test, you would see a preview screen
and content similar to the example below:

The bracketed items in the
template are replaced by test data:

[CLASSNAME] is replaced by
Sample Class and [TESTNAME]
is replaced by CPR.

Please contact us for a list of
predefined placeholders.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[how is RTF used in TG?]
If you are printing tests and test keys, you may find the level of detail in the
default print template more than you need. TG gives you the option of editing
the template --- adding or removing text and placeholders.

Before you begin, we suggest that you save a copy (Save To File) of the
template in a location that is easily accessible by you. That way, if you
corrupt the copy you are editing, you can always import the copy you
saved, or contact us and we’ll email you a copy.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[default or custom print template]
TG's out-of-the-box print template is located under System > Settings > Print
Template and is stored in TG's database.




This template is also the default print template and is associated with each
new test that you create. If you select the Print Preview or Print commands,
the information displayed is based on this default template.

If you don't need to print tests or modify the Study Guide or Test Key reports,
then you can ignore the print template.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[default or custom print template]
If you do want to modify the display and print output of these two reports, then
you need to modify either the default (system) print template, or:

1- create a custom print template directly in the rtf stage, or
2- import a pre-defined template:
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[other uses]
In addition to its influence on the look of a printed test, Study Guide and Test
Key reports, TG has "rtf-enabled" the following features:

   • TG's home page                          > After the Test
   . Course > Notes                            > Messages
                                               > Email
   • Test Properties                           > Certificate
   > General tab > Print Template
   > Schedule tab > Eligibility >            • Section Properties
     Add > Send Email                        > Messages: Introductory Message
                                             > Post-section performance message
   > Options tab
   . Before the Test
     > Message
     > Email
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[Study Guide and Test Key reports]
The Study Guide and Test Key report displays are influenced by the Print
Template. The out-of-the-box report display uses the print template found under
System > Settings > Print Template.

The display and output of these reports can vary based on whether or not you
chose the default print template or a test-specific (custom) print template as
described in these two scenarios:

Scenario 1: You select, or don't bother to
change, the default, out-of-the-box, print
template for Test-A. You open TG Reports,
select Study Guide and view the Study Guide
report for Test-A, your display will reflect the
layout of TG's default print template.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[Study Guide and Test Key reports]
Scenario 2: You open Test-B, go to Test Properties > Print
Template and click the Edit button:




... then select the Use this custom print template option:
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[print template display]
The template that appears in the rtf stage is the default print template --
the one found under System > Settings > Print Template. This template
can be edited/modified without affecting the global template...




… or you can import a
custom print template.
            RTF Editor & Print Template

[other rtf-enabled features]
In this tutorial we’ve focused on the rtf editor and the print template.
However, as mentioned earlier, there are other “rtf-enabled” test properties
that operate under the same framework: same placeholders, icon toolbar
and rtf “stage.”

These features, and their accompanying properties, will be addressed in
an expanded version of this tutorial.

If you have questions regarding this topic, or would like to schedule an
online training session, please contact us: support@testshop.com
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[TG and RTF]
TG uses Rich Text File (RTF) formatting for everything from print templates
to rtf-enabled test properties.

Why RTF
This format TG provides test authors with a broad range of customization
options which control, or influence, the display of information before, during
and after a test-taking session.
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[RTF stage]
The row above the stage includes:

1- A placeholder pull-down menu and
2- An icon toolbar
3- An rtf-enabled editing "stage" (dashed arrows) to view, edit or compose
   print templates and rtf-enabled test properties.
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[print templates]
When the Print Preview or Print commands are selected, the resulting
output is based on a print template. These templates can be used "as is"
or they can be customized by any test author/administrator.

A global print template can be applied to all tests, or test authors can
customize print templates per test.




This means that you can have some tests that use the global print
template and others that use a test-specific, customized template.
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[print templates]
TG includes a pre-defined, global, print template which is stored in TG's
database. It can be accessed through TG's home page under System >
Settings > Print Template.

By default, this template controls a test's display/print output as well as
test-specific Study Guide and Test Key reports.
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[assumptions]
If you already rely on this template, any (incorrect) formatting changes you
make may result in output errors. However, these errors will not change,
the test data stored in TG's database. You can always "roll back" by
importing the previous (known, good) print template, or email us a copy of
your template for evaluation: support@testshop.com.

Before attempting to customize the global print template, we recommend:
* Contacting us with any questions you may have and/or
* Save a copy of the original, default print template: Save To File.
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[print template options]

Note: You can edit the saved copy, or make a second copy, create a
course and test within which to experiment.

You can also edit the default template in its rtf-enabled stage; however,
you may find it easier to edit the template using Microsoft's WordPad,
which natively supports RTF, re-importing the file into TG when done.

We’d be happy to send you some sample templates to experiment with.
Email support@testshop.com.
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[print template text and placeholders]
Print templates can include both text and placeholders. Text can be typed
in by the test author, but placeholders are TG-reserved names that appear
in brackets [ ]. For example, the placeholder, [CLASSNAME] represents
the name of a class (or course) in TG.

If you don't want to display a particular place holder, you can delete it. In
this example, we've highlighted the text and placeholders…
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[print template features]
... and deleted that information from the template. Notice that the resulting
print preview includes a blank space (yellow) from which we removed:
Class:          [CLASSNAME]
Description: [CLASSDESC]
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[study guide and test key reports]
When displaying / printing Study Guide and Test Key reports you can:

• Use the default print template, or
• Modify the default print template, or
• Import and use a customized print template, or
• Apply a customized print template at a test level


[rtf-based properties]
RTF-based test properties, also influence the display/output of:

• Test and post-test (text) feedback
• Pre- and post-test messages
• Email messages generated from TG
• Study Guide and Test Key reports
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[sample templates]
In order to save you some time, we've produced a few sample templates, that
we would be happy to send you. Please email support@testshop.com and
request the "print template email."

Note: this topic is not currently (6/08) included in TG Help.
TG Help does include the topic, Using Print Templates which is
accessible under TG Help > Printing Reports and Tests.

At present this tutorial can be found here:
http://www.testshop.com/tutorials/tg-rtf_editor.pps or
ftp://www.testshop.com/outgoing/tutorials/tg-rtf_editor.pps
 This concludes our tutorial.
We hope you found it helpful.

We welcome your comments
      and feedback.

  support@testshop.com.

         Thank You

				
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