Hot Potatoes

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The Hot Potatoes suite is a set of six authoring tools, created by the Research and Development team at the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre. They enable you to create interactive Web-based exercises of several basic types. The exercises are standard Web pages using XHTML 1.1 code for display, and JavaScript (ECMAScript) for interactivity. These core W3C standards are supported by all good modern browsers, including Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla 1.2+, Phoenix, Safari, and many others. The authoring tools will also handle Unicode, so you can create exercises in virtually any language, or in a mixture of languages. 

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  • Windows Yes
  • Macintosh  Yes
  • Linux  Yes

‌Does NUI, Galway have a site licence for Hot Potatoes software?

Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals working for state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:

  • You are working for a company or corporation, or an educational institution which is not state-funded.
  • You are in business for yourself.
  • You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.
  • You do not make the material freely available through the WWW.

Hot Potatoes is available to download from

How can I get Hot Potatoes software for my computer?

Can I install Hot Potatoes software on my home computer?

Hot Potatoes is available to download from

Where can I get technical support about Hot Potatoes?

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