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I'd like to create a graded drag and drop exercise so that my students can click on an item and place it into various places (one of which is the correct place). I don't think any of the Question types support this though .. is there a way to build such a quesiton in Maple TA ?

Thank you for your help!


Dear All,

I use Maple T.A. 10. I try to use StringTools[Search] in algorithm variables but have not succeeded. Any help would be appreciated.

Algorithm Variable definitions


give us the following result, whereas I expect the return value 1.

pattern1 "sin(1/2*Pi)"
text1 "sin(1/2*Pi)"
test1 com.maplesoft.server.router.MapleSyntaxException: on line 116, syntax error, `,` unexpected:
test2 module () local Testing, Bitmap, BF, SuffixArray, LyndonFactorPositions, CheckMaximalRepeat, slowLyndonFactors, SerialCorrelationCoefficient, ChiSquared, LongestCommonSubSequenceLength, PrintSentences, `difficult?`, matchMatrix2, _randperm, _permute, _config, trampoline, Sequitur, passign, defun, compressImpl, uncompressImpl; export Length, IsUpper, IsLower, IsAlpha, IsDigit, IsAlphaNumeric, IsControlCharacter, IsSpace, IsPunctuation, IsGraphic, IsIdentifier, IsIdentifier1, IsPrintable, IsASCII, IsHexDigit, IsOctalDigit, IsBinaryDigit, IsVowel, HasUpper, HasLower, HasAlpha, HasDigit, HasAlphaNumeric, HasControlCharacter, HasSpace, HasPunctuation, HasGraphic, HasIdentifier, HasIdentifier1, HasPrintable, HasASCII, HasHexDigit, HasOctalDigit, HasBinaryDigit, HasVowel, Has, ExpandCharacterClass, Random, Randomize, IndexOfCoincidence, Entropy, ArithmeticMean, Kasiski, Repeats, Explode, Implode, Chop, Chomp, Fence, MatchFence, PadLeft, PadRight, Centre, Center, Trim, TrimRight, TrimLeft, Squeeze, DeleteSpace, Reverse, Insert, Delete, IsPrefix, IsSuffix, CommonPrefix, CommonSuffix, LongestCommonSubString, LongestCommonSubSequence, Soundex, Metaphone, Levenshtein, HammingDistance, EditDistance, PrefixDistance, SuffixDistance, DifferencePositions, Compare, CompareCI, CamelCase, UpperCase, LowerCase, OtherCase, Capitalize, FirstFromLeft, FirstFromRight, Take, Drop, Snarf, CharacterMap, LeftFold, RightFold, Map, AndMap, OrMap, Char, Ord, SubString, Select, Remove, SelectRemove, Group, Split, CaseSplit, LengthSplit, StringSplit, Readability, Sentences, Words, WordStart, WordEnd, WordContaining, NGrams, SimilarityCoefficient, WordCount, Join, CaseJoin, RegMatch, RegSub, RegSubs, RegSplit, ApproximateSearch, ApproximateSearchAll, HammingSearch, HammingSearchAll, Search, SearchAll, Substitute, SubstituteAll, PatternDictionary, FormatMessage, FormatTime, ParseTime, Fill, Repeat, Iota, Visible, Escape, Encode, Decode, Compress, Uncompress, WildcardMatch, NumbOccur, CountCharacterOccurrences, Shift, Rotate, Exchange, Stem, Permute, SortPermutation, Sort, Unique, Hash, IsSorted, IsAnagram, Anagrams, SyllableLength, Generate, NthWord, Support, IsBalanced, IsSubSequence, IsPalindrome, IsEodermdrome, IsPermutation, IsDerangement, IsMonotonic, IsPrimitive, PrimitiveRoot, Border, BorderLength, BorderArray, Overlap, IsConjugate, MinimumConjugate, Period, IsPeriod, Fibonacci, ThueMorse, MonotonicFactors, LyndonFactors, LexOrder, ShortLexOrder, RevLexOrder, ShortRevLexOrder, LeftRecursivePathOrder, RightRecursivePathOrder, ToByteArray, FromByteArray, CharacterFrequencies, MaximalPalindromicSubstring, MinChar, MaxChar, Tabulate, StringBuffer, ExpandTabs, WrapText, Indent, PatternEquivalent, PatternCanonicalForm, GenerateIdentifier, _pexports; options package, noimplicit, `Copyright (c) Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc. 2005`; description "a package of string manipulation utilities"; end module(Search)("sin(1/2*Pi)","sin(1/2*Pi)")

I confirmed that one can use StringTools[Search] in the question source code as explained in

maple=evalb(0=StringTools[Search]("factor","$RESPONSE")) and evalb($RESPONSE=factor(x^2-1))

I note that searchtext or SearchText procedures could be used instead in algorithm variables.

When creating questions with Question Designer, how can I include notes that are visible to instructors only? I don't want students to see certain info. Is it in the "information fields"?   


Our school is using a hosted version of Maple TA 9. We have a lot of questions in Moodle we would like to export to Maple TA. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance,



I would be grateful if other users of Maple TA could post their experiences of the Equation Editor here.  I have used it in Maple TA 5 (on premise) and 8 (hosted) and in both cases it is incredibly slow to load, has errors with out of date certificates (I've been told these will be fixed in version 9), and sometimes just won't display an equation from the question at all.  I don't think I'm doing anything wrong (I position my cursor on the equation...

I am experimenting with the new AS3 flash questions and everything works as expected except that I cannot load external swf files using a xml file. I have a parent swf file that behaves well, except that this parent swf cannot load the external swf files. It works flawlessly on my own website (which even does not have a cross-domain.xml file in the root directory).

Is there a restriction in Maple T.A. that prevents loading xml files by a swf (and/or loading external swf's in general)?


I am a backend system administrator. We have been running Maple TA 2.51/PosgSQl 8.2.3 (I was not involved in original 2.51 setup).  I  built a new RHEL 5.5 With Maple T.A 8/PostgreSQL 9.1.  everything is working great in the new system, except I need to import the old data to the new system. I have no idea where to start or how to go about it.  any pointers will be great.


Thanks in advance.


I use combinat[randperm] in MapleTA to get random permutations. But everytime I call the corresponding question bank, I get the same sequence of permutations. Even a randomize();with(combinat);randperm... doesn't change this behaviour but every single student should get different homeworks. Any idea?

I usually write my question banks with LaTeX.


The manual says:

The LaTeX package epsfig is loaded by default. The ed package is required. Other standard LaTeX packages, for example, amsmath, can be included using the \usepackage macro.


But if I start my document with


and use for example \mathfrak{P} I only get a blank box instead of this symbol in my question bank.

We're are using Maple TA 8 at our university. I'm new to Maple TA and I would like to create an assigment with multiple choice questions about JavaScript and HTML. But I found the following problems when creating these MC questions:

1) Using < and > characters aren't allowed in the "Choices for the answers" fields. So I manually have to XML encode text containing these characters. Is there an easier way to do this? I would expect answers to be stored as plain...

We have been using MapleTA for many years (since version 1.5) and have version 8 hosted on a Maplesoft server. Recently, we looked into buying the Blackboard connector. It is disappointing that we have not been able to go through with this because of an inadequacy in the connector. As I understand it from our technicians, in Blackboard a course is identified by four attributes ID, year, calendar and title. These account for different presentations of the same course in different...

This is a comment and warning to anyone in the United States using MapleTA 8. 

If you get login information using LDAP, MapleTA 8 gets the "employee number" from the LDAP data base  and displays it on the screen when a person is logged in.  After talking to our IT people, they acknowledge that this is a FERPA violation when using MapleTA in a lab where people can see screens of other people's computers.

Our IT people have contacted Maplesoft for...

Hi, does anyone know how I go about getting the y''(x) derivative notation to render properly in Maple TA without the primes being unreadably small? Ideally I'd like to author the question in LaTeX.


Many thanks in advance.

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