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2009-02-09 Updates

posted Feb 9, 2009, 4:14 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 27, 2009, 11:13 PM by Eddie Woo ]
As the public release of the intranet is tomorrow, I have spent a relatively large amount of time on project work recently (which is pressuring as it is due to homework from other subjects!), which is why I haven't answered the textbook questions yet.

Year 7-10 past papers have all been reuploaded. Two ZIP packages are provided, one for all the PDF files and another for all the original DOC files. All DOC files have converted equivalents in the PDF package but not vice versa (as PDF cannot be "decomplied" into DOC). The idea is that students can either download the papers one by one, or download the whole package. The DOC packages may be useful for teachers, as well as for students with trouble with the PDF files.

As a side note, I have indeed found that some of the PDF files have a problem. The maths equation editor used to write certain mathematical terms and such does not seem to be fully compatible with my setup (Office 2007 + Acrobat 9) and as such, some of the questions here and there are unreadable or meaningless. This will need to be fixed later.

Year 11 and 12 past papers are available for their next exam, whether it is half yearly exam (year 11) or term 1 exam (year 12). This is so that they will be able to study as soon as they have access to the intranet. This is with the exception of the Year 11 4U half yearly, for which I was not given any resources. Year 12 term 1 exam pages also happen to have the new "packages" format.

Consistent naming patterns has also been an important focus, with ALL past paper pages now following the "Year {grade} - {units} U - {exam name}" format.

Here's to a peaceful intranet launch. Hopefully, it'll all be a huge success.

ATTACHED: PDF printout of a discussion thread with end users about what they would like on the intranet. Not particularly exciting, but attached for the record.
Eddie Woo,
Feb 9, 2009, 4:24 AM