Hot Potatoes Version 6 Frequently-Asked Questions
- Can I use Hot Potatoes for free? YES, you can.
- How do I link to this Website?
If you want to add a link to this Website, please use this URL: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/
. You'll find GIF and PNG graphics suitable for use on your Website here: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/
- Where is the Mac version 6?
For Mac users, there is a Java version of Hot Potatoes 6. It's available here
. The Java version also runs on Linux and Windows.
For Mac (or more specifically Java) braggarts, the Java-based version will allow you to translate the interface of the program into any Unicode-supported characters you like, for example Chinese or Arabic. This is something which the Windows HotPot version 6.3 can't do.
- How do I write good multiple-choice questions?
- How do I write good multiple-select questions?
- How do I make a multiple-choice exercise function like a traditional test?
- How do I play MP3 audio files in my exercises?
- How do I use math symbols in Hot Potatoes exercises?
- How do I store my students' results?
- How do I report a bug or request a feature?
We no longer provide technical support for Hot Potatoes. You should report problems on the technical support group
, so that other users can help you. You'll also find lots of discussion of common issues there, so your issue may already have been addressed. When you report a problem, please post an example exercise
on the Web and include the URL
in your report.
- How do I install Hot Potatoes on a network?
HotPot can be installed on any networked computer without problems; the only issue might be the registration user name. This is stored in one of two locations in the system registry
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER (for a normal registration)
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (if you register with the "Network administrator" option)
To inherit a registration, the logged-on user will have to have access to a name in one of those locations -- ie their user profile will have to include the name, or they'll have to have read access to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. If they don't -- in other words, if the sysops have set the system up such that new users inherit a user profile that doesn't include the name, and they can't read from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -- Hot Potatoes will still work fine, but it will not be registered. If the user has a persistent profile, then they can simply register themselves and insert their name. If not, they'll be limited to the unregistered setup.
- How do I edit the source files?
- Documentation of source files and placeholders
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