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Introduction

To do this tutorial, you'll need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. If you can see a menu on the left of this page, then JavaScript is working; if you don't see a menu, then you'll need to change your preferences to turn JavaScript on. You'll also have to make sure your browser allows JavaScript to open Web pages in new windows. This is important because each of the example exercises is shown in a new window, so that you don't lose your place in the tutorial while you're looking at the example. To test this, try clicking on the following link. If a new browser window opens, everything is working OK. Click here to test linking, then close the popup window to return to this tutorial.

The following pages show example exercises created using WebSequitur and WebRhubarb. The first two exercises use the same, short text, just to give you a general idea of how the exercises work. A WebSequitur exercise is used to present the text, and then a WebRhubarb exercise using the same text follows. The source files for both of these exercises (example1.sqt and example2.rhb) are included in your TexToys package, so you can open these in the authoring applications and play around with them. You'll find them in the textoys_tutorial folder inside the main program folder. The following three exercises are longer (too long to open in the authoring applications unless you register), but they serve to give a better idea of how longer texts might be used.

First, have a look at the text we're going to work with:

Computers and Language Learning

Can computers make good language learning tools? Even after 20 years, the jury is still out. "Toys and games," says one faction. "Valuable, learner centred tools," says the other. Only time will tell, but one thing is sure: computers will not go away.