Accessible text

Feb 25, 2021

In the recent Articulate update, it allows individuals to select an accessible text option in the published presentation.

We have experienced a problem when using a the 'Helperbird' Chrome extension screen reader, which is recommended, as it doesn't change the font text within the presentation.  The content is published within a Moodle platform and wondered if this was an issue when using Moodle, or could it be a bug with the new update?

Any help would be appreciated.   


22 Replies
Jerico Fuentes

I would like to know the solution to this as well. I'm not sure if it's an issue with Helperbird or Storyline but I have tested the Helperbird chrome extension on my courses locally, in articulate review, and through our LMS and the text in my course doesn't seem to change. Every other text in the website except the course texts updates.

Ron Goode

I am having a similar problem. For one of my courses, when you use number bullets, after the course is published and you select the accessible text option in playback all of the items on the list have the number of the first item. For example, if I have a list that starts with one and goes to 6, all 6 items will have the number 1 in accessible text. We are using Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) - NVDA v 2020.3  reader. Has anyone else had this issue? Is there a fix? Thank you for your help.

Lauren Connelly

Hello Ron!

It sounds like when the accessible text option is turned on, then all of the items are read with the number one rather than one through six. I haven't noticed a similar issue on my end. Are you finding this within a specific browser or every browser?

Additionally, I know the latest version of NVDA is 2020.4. I'd recommend updating NVDA to make sure you're using the latest version.

Thank you for troubleshooting this issue with us!

Dominic Knowles

Hi Lauren

We still have a problem and would appreciate further support.

Do you require the story file?


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Becca Levan

Hi Dominic,

Sorry to hear you're still running into this! Feel free to share your .story file with our team here. We'll reach out with a next step once we review your file!

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Dayn Wilkins

Hi Maria

I had published for Web (running locally) and Review 360. It doesn't work for me on either of these. But I've just tried uploading my web version to a web server and then it does work! Thanks for the tip. I haven't tested it in an LMS yet.

Is the reason it doesn't work on Review because it's loading in a frame? If so, I guess that could be an issue for any LMS that does the same, but should be OK if the content loads in a new window/tab.

I only have the free version of Helperbird, so I can't test changing the font colour and other Pro features. Has Articulate done any testing with Helperbird? I believe it's a widely used accessibility tool, especially for dyslexic users.

Thanks for your help!

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Dayn.

Thank you for the additional details, and I'm glad it worked when tested on the web server!

We have a bug reported where the Accessible Text is not working in Review 360 or on the local machine. 

I've connected this discussion to the bug report, and I'll be sure to come back to update you when I have some news. 

In the meantime, here's more information on how we identify and tackle bugs.

Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Theresa.

Since this is an older thread with different topics being discussed, I want to get additional information on what you're experiencing, so I can help you troubleshoot. My understanding is that you:

  • Publish a project with a numbered list to web, LMS, or Review 360.
  • When testing in those environments and turning on Accessible Text, all the numbers become "1". 

Is that correct?

I attempted to reproduce this on my end, but I didn't experience this behavior you described (I tested it in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome). Are you comfortable sharing your project (.story) file either publicly here or privately through a support case so we can investigate what's happening?

Alchemist Learning Transformed

Are there any active examples of using S360 accessible text with a plugin such as Helperbird? I have tried several times now to publish a very basic course (essentially just a slide with a text box), launch from SCORM Cloud in Chrome and then use Helperbird to modify the text, but nothing happens.

As stated by previous users, everything else changes, but nothing within the Storyline course does, and it certainly doesn't work the way it does on the example page showing accessible text functionality.

Can anyone shed light on this for me?

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Alchemist Learning Transformed!

Here is a published slide that is working for me in Helperbird for you to test.

I tested a couple of text options, and here's the process that I used:

In Helperbird:

  • Turn Helperbird on
  • Toggle Custom Font (I tested Georgia and Open Dyslexic)
  • Toggle Text size (set percentage)

In published Storyline course:

  • Toggle Accessible Text on

This is working as expected for me. Please share if this works for you or if you're using other features that I can take a look at.

Alchemist Learning Transformed

Hi Leslie,

Awesome! Your example works perfectly when I upload it, as does now (oddly) my own example and the actual project I need it to work with. I'm on a different PC now, so I wonder if there is some plugin or setting in the browser on the other PC preventing Helperbird from fully accessing the course. Thanks for your help!

Alchemist Learning Transformed

Hi. One other thing that would be useful to know is if there is a way to keep the size of text relative when Helperbird is on. So at the moment when I switch it on the size of all text looks about the same, whether it is Heading1, Heading2 or Normal text, but it would be better if they resized differently, so Heading1 was still bigger than Normal, and do on, Does Storyline accessible tex do this?