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Chapter 12. Scoring an Assessment and Hi... > Scoring a Multiple-Page Assessment

Scoring a Multiple-Page Assessment

An important limitation of Web pages is the inability to maintain state—in other words, to retain user-specific data across multiple Web pages. When you view a Web page scripted with plain HTML or with a combination of HTML and JavaScript, a connection isn’t maintained with the Web server. Your browser downloads the Web page to the browser’s cache folder on your hard drive. So are you viewing the Web page on the Web? No, you are actually viewing a Web page on your hard drive. After you’ve requested a Web page and it’s downloaded from a Web server, the anonymous connection is broken.

Because Web pages do not maintain state, an assessment over multiple Web pages must contain a method to record learners’ score tallies as they progress from page to page. You can keep track of a score on a single Web page, like the one you created earlier in this chapter, but when the learner leaves that Web page for another page, the data is lost. There are three ways to record learner data: frames, cookies, or server-side scripting. The following sections discuss the pros and cons of each method.


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