Coming Soon to Storyline 3: More Accessibility Features and Enhancements
Hey Storyline 3 users! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on some accessibility features and enhancements to empower you to provide great learning experiences to all your learners. As we get closer to the finish line, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at how these updates will impact you and your learners.
Navigate text content more easily
The first new feature to look out for is text styles. With text styles, your text will not only have a more cohesive design, it’ll be easier for screen readers to parse and navigate thanks to semantic formatting.
But what is semantic formatting? Simply put, people using assistive technologies, such as screen readers, rely on a website’s semantic formatting (aka its source code) to paint a mental picture of the content that sighted users get by visually scanning the page.
The same applies to e-learning. That’s why we’re updating Storyline 3 to ensure it publishes your courses with the appropriate semantic formatting for headings, links, lists, and other elements.
To see how this works, check out the GIF below:
Make text easier to read
We’ve also been working on a feature called accessible text that will give learners the power to change the visual appearance of text in your published courses to make it easier to read.
Want to see accessible text in action? View the GIF below:
Use the player more easily
We’ve also been working on making the course player easier to navigate. In the updated version, you’ll notice that we’ve switched up the button order to mirror other web experiences and added keyboard shortcuts.
Here’s another GIF to give you a better sense of how this works:
Adjust accessibility settings
We’ll also be adding a new accessibility settings button to the player so learners can turn accessible text on or off and toggle keyboard shortcuts.
You can see these new controls in action below.
We’re so grateful to have you with us on this accessibility journey. We look forward to delivering more features that empower you and your learners—and make everyone’s lives a little easier.
Want to test out these new accessibility features, but don’t have Storyline 3? Download a free 30-day trial right here. Or you can try Articulate 360, which includes Storyline 360—the latest version of Storyline with continuously updated new features, including everything mentioned above. And come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning. If you have any questions, please share them in the comments.