Keli wrote:
Hi,

I am a high school teacher. I require my students to demonstrate that they have acquired elementary skills necessary, for example,  to format a word processed document. I set a series of exercises where a student must discover how to use a series of formatting techniques to a large set of standard documents e.g. letters, essays, a newsletter.

My student body has substantially increased over the last three years. And it is increasingly difficult to manually inspect files produced to see whether the student is able to make sound changes to a documents' format.

Is there any way this checking task could be automated ? So that more time can be spent focusing on a student's weaknesses or poor formatting habits ?

Keli



You could certainly drive Word from within code, and load and examine documents. I think the hard part would be standardising and coping with pupils' uncanny ability to put in extra spaces, or "not quite get there". Where results are fuzzy like this you'd have to put a lot of effort into trying to cope with with the scope for insignificant errors.