"Modget" is short for "model widget". Modgets are interface objects that do special, Indie-specific things involving objects in your GBS's "model": questions and answers, tests and results, arguments and evidence, and so forth.

Question viewers

How to make a question viewer

Go into Design Interface mode. Drag a question viewer off the palette onto your window. Double click on the viewer to choose the question button type:

How to make questions appear in a question viewer

  1. Find a trigger (or make one) that occurs when you want these questions to appear. If this is from a button, like a zoomer button, edit its trigger by clicking the "Edit trigger" button on its gray editor window.
  2. Choose Create/Add under the list of Topics on the event.
  3. Name the topic something you might possibly remember.
  4. Create a new question by selecting Create/Add under the list of questions.
  5. Edit the question text to your liking. Then choose the QL upon which it appears. (Remember that questions are bound to the list upon which they appear, and the question-lists (or QLs) are bound to interface objects.) Choose the one that corresponds to the question viewer you just created.
  6. Repeat until you've added all the questions you want to the topic. Now clicking on the button you started with should make those questions appear.

Answer viewers

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One answer's worth of points

You can set your evidence viewer to act like an Advise-style point-browser, where, when an answer is visible, you see that answer's points (and those points only) at the same time.

What does it do?

For every answer that gets shown for whatever reason, this evidence viewer will show that points answers, regardless of which evidence list appears in that points' "Appears on evidence list..." slot. When a new answer is shown, the current points disappear and are replaced by the new answer's points, and so forth. Thus, this is a temporary record of the points for currently-shown answers. Every answer viewer lists for which speakers it shows answers. This system sworks the same way---you are making an evidence list viewer that shows points for some set of speakers. Chances are, you're making one of these to go with some answer viewer, so you'll want them to have the same list of speakers. It ENTIRELY REPLACES any previous behavior of the evidence viewer, so don't go trying to use the same evidence viewer for other purposes. It will NOT act like a normal evidence viewer if you have any speakers selected as described below.

Why do I need it?

So far, this feature is due to be used in Rembrandt for two reasons:

How do I set it up?

And that's it! The rest of it will be taken care of by INDIE. You can always add new speakers as needed.

If you ever want your evidence list viewer to start acting like a normal evidence viewer, just remove all speakers from the list in the "One answer's worth of points" pane. The viewer will start acting like a normal viewer, and the evidence list you created will also act like a normal evidence list.

Topic viewers

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Evidence viewers

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Glossary viewers

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Argument tabs

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Last modified 1/27/98 ST