Player Tab Order and Quiz Slide Layers Tab Order Restrictions

Hello there!

I have two issues that I could really use some guidance on.  I am building a course with a 10-questions assessment at the end.  I am attempting to create logical tab order for visual focus - 508 compliance.  I have reworked the tab order for each base quiz slide and I have turned off objects I don't want visible to accessibility tools; however, I am not able to manipulate the latter on the "Correct" or "Incorrect" question slide layers.  When pulling them up using the tab order feature, I can move the position of an object on these layers up or down, but I can NOT delete anything (such as "Line 5" that appears in the dialogue boxes of each and is picked up by screen readers and tabbing).  

As a result, when tabbing through the slides during preview mode, issues encountered include:

Tabbing through the base question slide is fine - no issues.  But, when the question is submitted and the correct/incorrect slide layer pops up, the tabbing jumps from the slide to the player and cycles through the player (twice) before returning to the slide layer.  Everything, including the "rectangle" shape  and "Line 5" of the dialogue box are tabbed through before reaching the "Continue" button.  So...

1.  How do I turn off objects that appear to be restricted from editing (rectangle; Line 5) on the quiz slide layers?

2.  How can I redirect the tab order to stay on the slide and read the question result (Correct or Incorrect) before jumping to the player tabs?


3.  How can I keep the tabs from cycling through the player twice before returning to the actual slide? 

I have attached one of the slides for review.  

Thanks in advance!


35 Replies
Margaret Simmons

OK, as soon as I posted the above inquiry, I remembered the "Feedback" slide master and that I could probably manipulate it to accomplish what I need to do.  I was right...worked like a charm!  This resolved issues related to question #1, but I still need assistance with questions #2 and/or #3, please.

Thank you!

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Margaret,

Thanks for reaching out here and letting us know that you were able to fix the issue you detailed in option 1.  As for options 2 and 3 that you needed assistance with, it seems that you're describing the scenario I discussed with Keith in this thread just last week.  As I mentioned I reported it to our QA team, so it's currently in their hands but I don't have any other information to share at this time, nor am I able to offer at timeframe in regards to a workaround. I'll include this thread in the report that I filed with our team so that once there is information to share I can include an update here for you. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for reaching out here and I found the discussion here that you referenced as well. It does seem that it's the built in feedback layers which were causing the difficulty, so if you created your own feedback layers and removed the existing ones you could then control the tab order more fully. This would also mean that you'd need to set up triggers to show each layer and how to advance to them based on next steps for the user. So the other option would be to provide directions to the users in terms of how the feedback layers are going to work with this set up which is to instruct users to use "Shift+Tab" to select continue.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi June,

I did it as a test when this issue was initially filed and it worked in that environment. This is still an issue with our QA but has had a lower priority based on the level of impact and workarounds available.

I'll let the team know that we're hearing from more users running into the issue! Depending on priority and risk, some bugs can be fixed quickly, while others take longer to resolve. Here's more information on how we identify and tackle bugs.

Hope that helps clarify our next steps and let me know if you need anything else! 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Alison!

This thread is a bit dated and I'm not sure if Margaret is still subscribed here. You are certainly welcome to reach out to the user directly via the 'Contact Me' option on the user profile if you do not hear back soon.

Let us know what you are working on and needing assistance with and we'd be glad to help :)

Alison Coops

First the problem:  On a quiz question, someone using only the keyboard has to do a lot of tabbing to get to relevant things.  if I try to remove objects from the tab order, it seems to remove the wrong objects. If I try to change the tab order it doesn't seem to do the order I create.

What I have had some success with is totally removing objects.  I did go to the feedback master and get rid of the line on the feedback layer.  That prevents it from being a tab stop before the continue button.  On the individual slides, I got rid of the words "Correct" and Incorrect" to prevent them from being tab stops before the Continue button.

Alison Coops

Maybe Storyline and I just needed a good night's sleep and a good lunch.  I copied 4 slides out into a separate presentation, and it worked exactly like it should.  So I tried it in my presentation, and now it's working.  I fought with it for hours yesterday and this morning and it had some wires crossed.  But it's working now, so thanks for standing by!

Tamara Tarasova


I am back with this issue and was unable to implement the solutions mentioned here. I tried to recreate the feedback layers, cleared all elements from the feedback master but the tab skips the feedback elements on the feedback layer and goes straight to the button. If I tab further it visits the menu and all other redundant elements before arriving to the feedback element. Adding feedback  text to the button did not work either - it was showing the button only after going through the menu. I like the idea of recreating the slide using triggers but can not figure out the triggers for the multiple choice slide to work. Thank you!