Marc, A&M dug their own grave, after a long term use of a system that no longer functioned as required - they were whinging about what? Bad advice from someone that should have known better? When has that ever been different? They also missed the point, or rather they did not accept, that reporting and recording is different in detail in every nation in the world, even if the fundamentals and the needs are exactly the same - the devil is in the detail. A&M can complain, but fact is, Tim is right it is not their standards that needs be met, and I suggested if they think it should then they can do something about it. "Why should I bother fixing someone's poor design" was a phrase used. In such an evolving tool, what is "poor design"? And while there is lots to fix, it is not that much that it renders Moodle useless or nearly so. They could have designed a new Gradebook, even if they kept it inhouse, but they chose to complain. No sympathy for them..
And my favourite, Moodle Docs are a collection of pages that contain some of the most ludicrous language, convoluted contradictions, questionable qualifications, meandering mutterings and inane instructions I have ever read and misunderstood. I know I sound somewhat ingenuous, at times, but fact is, my command of the language is not that good. For me, writing technical documentation is torture, and writing these responses is a serious editing task, (I talk a lot, but say little and still manage to offend everyone). A&M could do these things easily, but they chose not to, so for me, a couple of academics hiding their own unwillingness to adapt behind the veneer of a "paper" is really poor form. What they said is not totally invalid, but, fo rme, the motivation is questionable.
While we are on about Tex Filter , a question, your feelings about mimetic and Moodle's Tex Notation filter are well know, and these are limited tools, certainly, but why not encourage to use them as we did Turbo Pascal, if you remember that far back, pre-VB and "Visual" C++ ( a lie that one) The Tex filter can be a handy and simplistic introduction to Tex, it has been for me anyway. I am now using MikTex to produce PDFs I am using in Moodle. (not ideal, but is better than over using the Tex Notation filter.) Big change!... It isn't MathJax or AsciiMath, but it works and it offers me some basic practice on document layouts etc. I started though, on the Tex Notation filter and while I still use it, the main effort is not with MikTex. When I dump Windows altogether, soon now, I am hoping that TexLive will be the better option. Probably going to OpenSuse so any recommendations?