Talk:Authoring system

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I'm a newbie on here, but from reading the style guides and such I would suggest the following as more in keeping with Wiki standards:

The term Authoring systems is used by the "Intelligent tutoring system" research community to refer to....

CaughtLBW 15:20, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Authoring System is not a Content Management System[edit]

In the development of educational software, an Authoring System is a program that allows a non-programmer to easily create software with programming features. The programming features are built in but hidden behind buttons and other tools, so the author does not need to know how to program. Generally Authoring Systems provide lots of graphics, interaction, and other tools educational software needs.

Authoring Systems are related to Authoring Languages. An Authoring Language is the language that is behind the Authoring System, available for the programmer who is also developing educational software. This programmer can take advantage of the tools built into the Authoring System (easy graphics placement, color, animations, etc.) and then fine tune the product by accessing the language behind it. Think in terms of Dreamweaver with HTML behind it, Flash with Java behind it, and you can even do a bit with Power Point, if you get into the code of some of the buttons. Hypercard was the classic example of an Authoring System, but it is not used anymore, nor is Director, which has been replaced by Flash.

So, no, an Authoring System is not the same thing as a Content Management System, and the two should not be merged. But this section should defiantly be beefed up.

MST64 15:03, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Since reading the entry on Authoring Tool, I do think this topic and Authoring Tool should be merged.

MST64 15:47, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Relationship to API[edit]

Since both API (application programming interface) and Authoring systems are used to create programs shouldn't there be some discussion about the differences? It seems to me an authoring tool is little more than a fancy name for an API aimed at those with a lack of or only minor programming skills. Full disclosure: I am one of those people with only minor programming skills. Darqcyde (talk) 20:23, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

No. An API is a means of requesting an action be done by a system via a published method, like asking Microsoft Windows to open the printer selection dialog box. An Authoring system is used to create interactive presentations. Some authoring systems can create stand-alone executables, but more commonly they create SCORM files that are played back by a separate run-time, the way mission data files are used with a game. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:59, 21 August 2012 (UTC)