Download VS SCORM 1.2 RTE Rev 1.1

This release corrects an error in ‘getValue.php’ where the ‘readElement’ function is incorrectly called with 2 input parameters.

You can download the code bundle using this link.

 

For instructions on using this code, please see this page.

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Download VS SCORM 1.2 Manifest Reader Rev 1.0

This code bundle is a LOT simpler than the bundle for the VSSCORM 1.2 RTE (Run-Time Environment) that I posted a couple of months ago. It consists of 2 files:

  • subs.php which contains all of the code that does the parsing and analysis of the manifest file
  • index.php which simply provides you with a way to run the code and display the output in a test environment

In other words, if you wanted to incorporate the code into a real system, you would only need the content of subs.php.

The system requirements for running this code are pretty simple – you just need to have PHP 5 or above (PHP 4 doesn’t support the DOM extension that I’m using to parse the XML manifest file).

To help you get started, I’ve also included the 2 sample manifest files that I’ve been using.

You can download the code bundle using this link.

 

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Step 42 – Testing the Manifest File Reader

Time to see if everything works. I’m going to test my code using two different manifest files:

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a multiple-SCO content package in a real application, but I do need to be able to handle it if I do stumble across it.

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Step 41 – SCO Data = Item Data + Resource Data

Finally, I’ll add the code which connects the item and resource data together to create the data that the “imaginary” LMS needs.

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Step 40 – Reading the Items List

At last, an easy bit. I’m going to add the following code to my readIMSManifestFile() function.

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Step 39 – Resolving Resource Dependencies

This is the new routine that I’m going to use to resolve the resource dependencies in the package manifest file.

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Step 38 – Revisiting the Manifest File Format

I’m going to re-examine the XML format that the SCORM 1.2 CAM specifies for the manifest file. As a reminder, here’s the <resource> tag that I’m trying to understand.

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Step 37 – The readIMSManifest Function

Time to start writing the readIMSManifestFile() function. Let’s create the basic structure.

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Step 36 – Rewriting the Manifest Reader

In my last two posts, I figured out how to read resource and organization data from the manifest file that describes the content package. But the code that I wrote really wasn’t that solid, and wouldn’t be particularly easy to integrate with my “imaginary” LMS. So I’m going to take the lessons that I learned there and see if I can create something a little better.

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Step 35 – Reading the IMS Manifest File – Organizations

Having read the resource information from the manifest file, I’m going to extend the code to read the organization information. As a reminder, the <organizations> section of my manifest file looks like this.

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