Questionmark Offers Free Access to New Online Testing Tool

Joan Phaup
Tel: 800-642-3950

STAMFORD, CT—February 9, 1998 -- Questionmark Corporation is to offer its new QML computing language specifications on the World Wide Web, free of charge, to provide training and education sectors with a new platform-independent method of maintaining question databases for tests and assessments.

The move will be a major step forward to enable teachers and trainers to harness the power of the Web and Intranets to create tests and assessments online. Questionmark, the world leader in tests and assessment software, believes that by making QML freely available, it will help to create an open standard for the sector. This will provide greater growth opportunities for everybody involved.

The specifications of QML are accessible on Questionmark’s web site, The new language will enable users to keep question databases that can be put into new formats to take advantage of new programs and other developments. Releasing the language into the public domain also means that other software developers will be able to create new applications with question databases that are fully compatible with those of Questionmark.

QML was created by Questionmark technical director Paul Roberts and his development team to provide an extensible solution that is precise, flexible and comprehensive. Commented Roberts: "When we were developing our latest application, we really felt that we didn’t want to go down the route of designing yet another proprietary format that would restrict future developments for both us and the rest of the industry.

"We’re very familiar with the problems of transporting questions from platform to platform because we’ve been doing it for years with DOS, Windows, Macintosh and now the Web. With this in mind, we created a language that can describe questions and answers in tests, independently of the way they are presented. This makes it extremely powerful because QML now enables the same question database to be presented no matter what computer platform is chosen on or whatever the operating system."

The new language is also relatively easy to grasp. Concluded Roberts: "Anybody who has mastered HTML, should feel quite at home with QML." Questionmark was founded in 1988 and was one of the first software companies to provide an authoring framework to create tests and assessments to run on PCs. Today the company offers four versions of its software spanning Windows 3.X and 95, DOS, Macintosh and web environments. The package is used by businesses, governments, publishers and universities in over 40 countries.

For further information contact Joan Phaup, 800-642-3950, fax 800-399-3944 or e-mail

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