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    Inhibiting cheating (Word 2000+)

    The task was to inhibit exam students from cheating.
    The immediate request was to "trap the paste function so they couldn't just paste stuff in"
    Trapping Edit, Paste is easy.
    Making sure that a user doesn't pre-empt YOUR Edit Paste in an earlier-loaded template might be tricky.
    Trapping Insert, File only sends people like me off into "de-trap land" instead of answering the exam question.
    Once you have trapped Insert, File, you need to do something about people like me who would Edit, Paste into Wordpad/Write, and then just use File, Open in Word.
    Once you have trapped File, Open, you need to do something about people like me who ... well, you can see where I'm going.

    There must be a million ways for users to avoid typing text (apart from using the mouse and choosing Insert, Symbol(s))
    Can you think of any others?

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    Re: Inhibiting cheating (Word 2000+)

    Another possibility is to use drag and drop between applications.

    Perhaps you need to look more closely at the application they are using for exams - it would be easier to create a brand new application that only allows keyboard data entry than to disable Word's ability to import content.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Inhibiting cheating (Word 2000+)

    >Another possibility is to use drag and drop between applications. <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15>

    >it would be easier to create a brand new application that only allows keyboard data entry
    True. If it were a question/answer type exam, one could even conjure up a GUI form that allowed exactly five minutes per question, after which time it cleared the text box for the next answer. Or allowed one to switch between tabs on the GUI, but limited one's time to five minutes total on any one tab.
    Oooooh!

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    Re: Inhibiting cheating (Word 2000+)

    It might also be easier to keep a log of the OTHER applications that are running during the test. If people are pasting in content, then they must be copying it from somewhere and that might be relatively easy to track including file paths and browser sites. Hey, does this sound like a keylogger application now.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Inhibiting cheating (Word 2000+)

    >Hey, does this sound like a keylogger application now

    Oh yeah!!!
    We're definitely into the keystroke-monitoring world here.

    " You haven't pressed a key in over five seconds. Type something now, anything, or else I will disable all keyboard input until 1700 hours ".

    That always gets the creative juices flowing!

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