Lesson talk:One act plays

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Also see User talk:Graham where they is a copyright question.--Bob M 06:54, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for doing this TP. As you can see from the author's talk page I had it on my to-do list as well.--Bob M 07:54, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

TEFLChina versions[edit source]

Graham Paterson uploaded .doc files of his 8 one act plays to TEFLChina.org in January 2011 under the Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license. I copied and pasted the text from those .doc files into a text editor and developed TEFLChina wiki versions of Graham's 8 one act plays that may be helpful to others doing wiki versions of these plays. I am happy to have you use my wiki work from TEFLChina or elsewhere here on TEFLpedia and I am fine with work diverging in different directions to serve different needs. I am happy to share whatever I have learned about layout, CSS or editorial considerations. So just ask. Cheers! --Roger 19:30, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

CSS[edit source]

This may be over engineering, however I used a <div class="dialog"> full dialog of play here... </div> tag to format the negative indent of character names in the plays at TEFLChina. The CSS I used for this "dialog" CSS class is this:

/* Dialog and Role-Play */
div.dialog > p {padding-left:6em; text-indent: -6em;}
div.dialog center {padding-left:0em; text-indent: 0em;}

I suspect this over engineering is not worth emulating. However, if you want to use this CSS div.dialog class on TEFLpedia, an admin could put above CSS declarations into MediaWiki:Common.css. --Roger 19:30, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Hi Roger. Sorry I took some time to come back on this - but I'm afraid that I'm going to ask a dumb question.
What exactly do "CSS declarations" do?--Bob M 18:45, 7 March 2011 (UTC)
They control the look of the page. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet. MediaWiki:Common.css is a page where you can monkey with how the wiki looks. I did, on TEFLChina. I am not a wizard and should not do such things. Best to keep a wiki for English teachers bog simple. --Roger 19:19, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

FULL CAPS character names[edit source]

(FULL CAPS for character names--who says what--is a common dialog style that has the elegance of simplicity and would work well in wiki text for plays.)


PROFESSOR: That’s exactly what I’m saying.

INSPECTOR: How can it; it’s just a laptop computer?

PROFESSOR: Well; if you’d turn it on you’ll see what I mean.

INSPECTOR: (Turning to Sergeant Web) Sergeant; switch this damn thing on.

SERGEANT: Certainly Sir. (The Sergeant goes to the computer and switches it on)

COMPUTER: Good Morning Sergeant Web.

The 8 plays at TEFLChina now use this style for character names. Editing each name manually would have been tedious. So I used this :%s%^[A-Z][^:]*:%\U&% find and replace magic to edit the names into full caps in Vim instead. --Roger 02:00, 8 March 2011 (UTC)