We have recently migrated to Blackboard 9.1 from WebCT Vista and have a lot of legacy HTML content. BB9.1 does not have an inbuilt HTML editor, so our development teams are authoring offline and reuploading.
In WebCT you could add multiple files to a content area at once and they would be ordered sequentially if the HTML files were named 001.html, 002.html etc. The outcome of this is that each course has multiple folders with files named 001.html etc. Some of this content has files from 8 or 9 years ago and the folder structures are messy and cumbersome.
So, my problem is when an academic member of staff can see a typo error in an html file and wishes to edit it. They select the Action Link beside the content item, click Edit and are presented with a page which lists the filename 001.html (with no full path to where this is in the content collection).
I did suggest they search for the filename under Content Collection, which would work fine if the html filenames were unique...obviously our content is not. So a member of staff is presented with a list of 001.html files and are unable to identify the file they need to edit.
The suggested solutions on Ask DRC are not suitable, connecting via webdav does not solve the problem as the file is no easier to locate via webdav than via a search in Content Collection.
This is a major problem for us, because of all the legacy HTML content, academics are getting annoyed that they cannot just click Edit and edit the file. It is frustrating that text files are treated the same as an uneditable binary file. I am desperately seeking a solution that will at least enable them to identify the file, if the filename was the full path that would be a major help.
Some Ask DRC searches tell me this is a legacy Blackboard problem and suggest there is a reverse lookup building block which can translate an XID into a full path, an insane solution but at least would work if it were available for 9.1.Something that would allow a reverse lookup from the item id that is available from the metadata Action Link would work.
Any advice would be most welcome,
University of Ulster
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