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PDF layouts

Posted by WillBuckingham October 24, 2011 in the Group General Discussion.

Just a thought about PDF layouts. I'm not sure if this has been suggested before. But I was wondering if it might be possible to change the default ordering of text on Intermediate PDFs and above. Currently there is Hanzi/Pinyin/English line-by-line. But my sense is that at this level it is useful to be dealing with more sustained chunks of Chinese text, to avoid the eye lazily wandering to the English below.

So I was wondering if it might be possible to have PDFs at Intermediate and above structured as follows:

  • Complete text in Hanzi
  • Complete text in Pinyin
  • Complete text in English

I don't know if other people would find this helpful, or how much hassle it might be to put into place. At the moment I'm covering up the English on the PDFs as I go along; but it might be more useful from a pedagogical point of view to divide things this way. At Newbie and Elementary, the line-by-line approach makes sense; but it makes less sense as you move on up the different levels. Any thoughts?


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