A CD-ROM can hold a lot of data; 650 megabytes is plenty of space to hold an entire education, if the space is used wisely. An entire liberal education could be placed on one disc.
This is a “desert island” kind of problem. Suppose you were stranded on a deserted island with only a cheesy solar-powered plain-text reader and one CD. What would be on the CD?
- The student is literate (8th-grade education?)
- This is an English-language education. (Though some foreign-language material will be included.)
- It should be possible to master this material without a teacher.
This entire program is verbal. This makes the material applicable to many students (including the blind and deaf) and it can be reproduced in many media.
- Verbal instructions for creating simple line drawings are in a language suitable for automation.
- The use of ASCII art is very limited.
- Use a very limited wiki syntax system.
- 8.3 filenames and no directories?
- One music CD