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Tim A

Hi Here is my version inspired by the hot potatoes system


It allows the user to complete the puzzle in any order. There are layers there for the clues, but they are not necessary and you can replace them with triggered captions.

The interaction is based on the use of one text field and variables. Variables unhide the words.

The solution allows saving time when making these puzzles "en masse".

The next step is to try and make this scorm compatible, but I envisage issues there.

If you like this approach, you will need to find or make your own crossword font because the ones that are available, are not free. They are especially expensive if you intend on making your puzzle available via the web. So it is cheaper to make your own font using FontForge, which is opensource. The font in the puzzle above took me about two hours to make, but now I can make as many crosswords as I want.

Tim A

I used Hot Potatoes for scorm output for Moodle. It worked. However, since I discovered a way of doing a similar thing in SL2, I stopped using HP. HTML embedded into SL will lose some of its interactivity. Here is a sample of native SL2 crossword: http://examtraining.org/m2/pluginfile.php/1831/mod_resource/content/1/index.html

It is a little bit more work, but it is native and it works. I am still figuring out a way of turning it into scorm though.

Leslie McKerchie

Thanks for sharing R! I believe it's working for me. 

Here is my published output:


You have to host the Hot Potatoes file somewhere, perhaps that's the step you're missing. You cannot just add the file like you shared with me here.

Tim A

Hello R

I am using SL2. You create a blank slide and then add a web object, which should be the HP html file you generated. SL2 will pick up the whole folder in which the file is located, so you need to make sure there is nothing else in the folder. It will not allow any interactivity in the Preview mode. The interactivity will only work after you publish the story.

Here are the HP steps

1. create the crossword

2. adjust the desired output settings (I remove titles coz the SL player will have them anyway - for style considerations)

3. publish either as html or as zip (better)

4. unpack the zip

Here are the SL steps:

1. blank slide

2. add web object

3. select the FOLDER (unzipped)

4. check Display in-slide

5. publish

Works like a charm. I like HP because there is less hassle with the logos and trademarks, etc. Also you can actually edit the HTML after that to customise it further.