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Cleaning up Adobe Captivate’s SCORM Publishing Template, Part 1: Introduction

In this multi-part series, I will walk through the files Captivate outputs when publishing to SCORM 2004, pointing out the bad parts and suggesting alternatives when needed. At the end of the series, I will provide a fully-functional SCORM 2004 publishing template you can use with Captivate 5.5.

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Adobe Captivate: What the heck is g_intAPIType?

If you spend any time using Captivate to create SCORM-conformant courses, you're bound to have run into an issue or two that caused you to read some Captivate forum posts. Almost without fail, someone will mention that the solution to their problem was changing the value of the magical g_intAPIType JavaScript variable from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1.

So what the heck is g_intAPIType, and why does changing it make a difference?

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Customizing SCORM Manifests in Captivate and Articulate Presenter

Someone recently asked me if it was possible to customize Captivate's SCORM template to reduce the need for manual editing after publishing. In her case, the manifest needed to be edited to include SumTotal TotalLMS's custom SCORM extensions. The answer is yes. Here's how.

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What feature is missing from your e-learning development tool?

I have some simple questions I’d love to get feedback on.

I’m curious about what people are looking for in their e-learning authoring tools, specifically:

  1. What feature is your current tool missing that you would love to see implemented? Support for team collaboration? Support for themes or custom CSS styling? Support for language localization? A beer dispenser? Etc.
  2. What feature does someone else’s tool have that you’re jealous of?

For me? I wish the most popular tools (Captivate, Articulate, Lectora, etc.) would output cleaner HTML and JavaScript. I also wish there was less reliance on Flash and PowerPoint. But if you read my blog regularly, you probably already knew that!

Please post your opinion in the comments below, and please ask others to give their 2 cents. (You can also reply via twitter if you prefer)

I’m really looking forward to your comments. Thanks!