Is it a must for mobile devices to run HTML5?

When we develop our SCORM files in Storyline 2, we notice that some animations are lost and some shapes don't look the same as how we design them when running the html5 file, while everything looks fine when running the html file. This happens across a good number of browsers that we've been testing on.

Though currently our LMS runs the html versions of our courses automatically for desktop users, which don't distort our graphic designs, we can't stop the LMS from delivering the html5 versions of the same courses to mobile users. So here I got 2 questions.

  1. Is there a way that we can make sure that all animations and graphic designs are identical between html and html5 files?
  2. If question 1 is not solved, how can we work around, say, to force the LMS to deliver html5 versions to our mobile users?
3 Replies
Wendy Farmer

Hi Cecilia

here is a link to the technical specs for viewing published SL2 output.

Desktop HTML5 output is only supported in Google Chrome so viewing in other browsers may show differences in how the output displays.

The technical specs list the browsers supported for mobile users.

Hope this helps

Crystal Horn

Hey there Cecilia!  I wanted to also include an article from our Storyline 2 User Guide about publishing your course for mobile devices.  If you are deploying your course from an LMS, users on mobile devices will likely view the HTML5 output unless you've checked to include the Articulate Mobile Player for iPads and Android devices.  If you've included the Mobile Player, however, your LMS needs to have support for Tin Can API, which will allow the Mobile Player output communicate to your LMS.  Details are in that article.

This article describes distributing your course, and here's some information on linking directly to HTML5 output.  In an LMS specifically, you'd be linking to the index_lms_html5.html file, if your LMS allows you to choose your launch file.

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Cecilia,

You'll see it within the System requirements, but just in case - Chrome is the only HTML5 browser for Windows. A Mac would also include Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version). 

Mobile should be HTML5 based on Storyline determining what device the users are accessing it on. Do you know if your LMS uses a specialized player for mobile devices? You could also look at testing it within SCORM Cloud to determine if it's the specific LMS, as SCORM Cloud is a great tool for testing based on being a free industry standard.