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Answer Validator needs adjusting

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Hi,

The courses and instruction are great!

 

This is a minor complaint that a little tweaking can fix.

Perhaps this thread can be used for similar tweaks needed with other courses.

 

The problem is that on occassion, a correct answer is given, but the validation

process does not accept the answer as correct.

 

The correction is to update the validation for those answers.

 

Two examples:

In the HTML5 CSS3 and JQuery course, an answer to update the HTML tags to HTML5

was considered incorrect. In comparing the given answer (obtained after "giving up")

to the one I had, the only difference was this meta tag:

<meta charset=utf-8> vs. <meta charset=UTF-8>

Clearly, both are correct, but submitting the "wrong" case yielded an error.

 

In the same course, in the Intro to CSS3, video 2 Intro to Crossbrowser Compatability,

Question 2, we are asked to "Add the html5shiv script for older versions of IE"

The website is given, so one just has to copy/paste. Well, the code has changed since

the course was written, so the new code is marked wrong. Asking for the answer so that

one could paste in the former answer and move on was not helpful-- it referred to the

same site.

 

In creating new course content, it may be wise to not ask a question that has an

answer that is likely to change, such as a script on another site. It might also

be a good idea to check validation scripts so that correct answers are not deemed

incorrect.

 

Aside from these minor flaws, the teaching and flow of the Killersites University

courses are excellent and a pleasurable way to learn.

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In the same HTML5 CSS3 and JQuery course, for the rounded corners question,

border-radius:10px;

-moz-border-radius:10px;

was incorrect (no spaces after the colon), but the "given" answer was correct:

border-radius: 10px;

-moz-border-radius: 10px;

 

One does not need spaces after the colon. In fact, the previous attributes in the

sample code do not have spaces.

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In the same HTML5 CSS3 and JQuery course, for the rounded corners question,

border-radius:10px;

-moz-border-radius:10px;

was incorrect (no spaces after the colon), but the "given" answer was correct:

border-radius: 10px;

-moz-border-radius: 10px;

 

One does not need spaces after the colon. In fact, the previous attributes in the

sample code do not have spaces.

 

Thanks for the comments -- I'll pass this along to the team. Sorry about the trouble.

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