Using Keyboard Shortcuts to make "Multiple Response" Question Types Accessible?
Our team has been switching our development focus from Adobe Captivate to Articulate Storyline for accessibility and compliance purposes. So, as I'm experimenting with templating options, I'm doing so with an 'accessibility-first' mindset.
With that in mind, I'm trying to develop question slides where each answer indicates the specific keyboard shortcut associated with it. Yes, yes, I know, the user can already tab through the options. Personally, I don't think that approach is particularly user-friendly, so I'm exploring additional options and potential best practices.
So far as I can tell, setting up keyboard shortcuts on single-answer multiple choice questions is pretty straightforward. Answer choices are radial, so as soon as one is selected all other choices are deselected. With multiple response questions this is not the case, however, and I'm having trouble with the keyboard trigger logic.
My ideal scenario: When the user presses "1", response option 1 should become selected if it is currently in a normal state. Otherwise, it should return to a normal state. It sounds simple, but without "else" options in the logic, this seems to get a wee bit complicated in practice.
From some reading and experimentation, it looks like the most common approach is to set up a true/false variable, and have three separate triggers for each answer option. For a single question with four options, like the one pictured above, this would involve four variables and at least 12 distinct keyboard triggers. This seems cumbersome for a question so basic, and I'd love to hear other potential approaches. Maybe I'm missing something?
The other workaround I've come up with is to use a clear button, but I'd like a more elegant and intuitive solution. Does anyone else have any approaches or thoughts to share on the topic?
To see a logical skeleton of the scenario, see the attached Storyline file.