This article explains how to create and work on course skeletons. The explained concepts follow the course life cycle and we refer to technical terms from that description. For creating skeletons or working at existing ones Artikulate must be configured to work on a course repository. If that is done, you can open Artikulate and use the internal course editor as explained in the following.
A skeleton plays the role of a course prototype the can by used to keep courses for different languages in sync with respect to the content. Currently Artikulate uses one skeleton (called the "basic skeleton") that serves as a general purpose skeleton for courses aimed to the average user. However we expect that there will be a need of creating additional skeletons that will cover more advanced or more specialized topics, like e.g., medical vocabulary. Adding new skeletons is not available in the current version of the program. It has been reported as a bug on bugs.kde.org.
To add new units to an existing skeleton you must perform the following steps:
Please save your changes when closing the skeleton by pressing the "OK" button. (The close button is at the top menu bar.) As a rule of thumb, for the artikulate-data repository we follow the convention that every unit should contain about 50-100 phrases forming a homogeneous topic.
This is quite similar to the procedure how to add new units. You have to perform the following steps for this:
You can now proceed with editing other phrases are creating new phrases. Remember to save all changes to the skeleton when closing it (see before).