Quizmaker has unwanted animation in storyline

 I asked this question as part of another posting with several questions, but I realize the subject of that postig  wasn't the best for this question, so I'm asking it here again:

In the results slide for a Quizmaker quiz that I imported from another project, the success and failure screens are rendered as layers #2 & #3 on the results slide, which is layer #1. Both the "Congratulations, you passed" and the "Sorry, you failed" text boxes that appear on the slide in these two layers fly in when the slide is previewed. I want the text to be there from the beginning, with no animation, i.e., no flying in. 

I tried deleting the two text boxes and creating new ones but they still fly in. On the time line, they are set to be there at the beginning and the animation icon at the top is set to "none" for these text boxes. Does anyone know how I can eliminate the animation?

Thanks!

Jon

12 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jon,

Any chance you can share a .STORY file with the question slide? You should be able to import this slide alone, if you're worried about the other content of the course or if the course is too large to post. If you're able to share it, maybe I (or other community members) can take a look and provide some suggestions for resolving this. 

Thanks!

Christine Hendrickson

Good morning Jon. I hope you had a great weekend

Thanks for posting the file! I took a look and I finally discovered the cause of the issue. It looks like (and I'm not sure how this happened) there's transitions set for the Feedback Master on multiple elements and a couple in the Slide Master, as well. What you'll want to do is open the Feedback Master and Slide Master to find the option shown in the image below. Simply change the option for the transition and this should solve the problem for the text and the feedback animations.

Here's what it will look like:

I'm also attaching a modified version of the file you shared, so you can see how it should look after removing the transitions. 

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

Christine

Jon DeMartino

Thanks, Christine. I just got back to work after a short vacation and tried your fix before looking at your files. I did want you suggested and all seems fine now. I must have had a slide transition set when I made the original quiz in Articulate Presenter. Thsnks so much for the help.

Now, here's another one for you...

I made a question slide (freestyle, not a quiz slide) and need it to be readable by a screen reader..that old bugaboo 508 compliance rears its ugly head again.

I have set it so the two feedback boxes that are on layers two and three are visible to accesibility tools. Other than these two objects, everything else that is "visible" has a yellow box around it when I use the tab key to navigate the screen. But these two items do not. Can you tell me if they will be visible to a screen reader, since the yellow box does not appear and the curson doesn't seem to go there?

I don't have to use such slides in a course, but I'm trying to figure out the ways I can and can't use Storyline.

I'll upload the file of this slide.

Thanks-

Jon

Christine Hendrickson

Not sure, Jon. I didn't even have a chance to make any changes to the file, so it's odd that it's showing up for me, but not on your end.

I've published and uploaded the course, just for testing purposes. Can you take a look and see if you're able to select the objects by tabbing through them?

Testing for Jon

Christine Hendrickson

Hey Jon,

One other thing I just thought of - if you select the option "Prevent the user from clicking on the base layer" in the layer properties, it may keep this a little "cleaner". For example, if I select this option in your file for the "Taste it" layer, the only objects that are highlighted are text, "Next" and "Previous". Not sure if this helps at all, but something I noticed and wanted to pass along.

Jon DeMartino

I looked at your posting of the published slide and tabbed through it. The feedback appears but it still doesn't show up with the yellow highlight box on my pc, so I coudn't say for sure a screen reader would be able to see it. I'll post the image I'm seeing.

As to your idea of making the base slide layer inaccessible, that might cause another issue if they choose the incorrect response the first tme because the correct one is on the base layer and they couldn't get to it if they wanted to try again. Can I make the base layer inaccessible from just one other layer, like the correct one? That way they could move right along more easily if they get it right.

Thanks for all the help.

Jon DeMartino

Oh wait. Hold everything. I kept tabbing after the "next" button instead of selecting the space bar to move ahead and the yellow box went up to the response feedback at that point. Then tabbing took the box back to the top and started all over again.

I think I'll just not use this type of slide in an accessible course but it is an interesting glitch and makes me curious as to why the box doesn't highlight when it first appears. Does it highlight for you as soon as you select the response?

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jon,

The space bar? I honestly hadn't tried that, I was simply using Tab. But yes, the order isn't perfect, it does highlight it, but not right after it appears. 

It doesn't sound like you want to test this out further, but just in case you ever do, you could always use JAWS with your course and see if it picks up the elements in your courses. 

Here's some resources that may help:

Storyline Section 508 Compliance

Articulate Support > Storyline 508 Compliant

It may be easier to use notes for these types of courses in the future, as the article above suggests.

Good luck, Jon! I hope you have a great day.

Christine

Jon DeMartino

Hi Christine- My undestanding is that screen-reader users utilize the TAB key to go through the elements on a slide and the SPACEBAR key to select an item. So, I tabbed to the answer I wanted and then hit spacebar, at which point the response box popped up but it wasn't highlighted in yellow at that point...maybe because it's on a different layer.

You're correct in that I am ditching this type of slide for now.

I did try dowloading a free trial of JAWS at one time but couldn't figure out how to get it to run. My plan is to locate someone located near me who can sit with me and allow me to see what they are seeing/hearing with their screen reader. That way, I'll have a better idea of what a practiced JAWS user would be able to do.

Thanks for the links. I've read them before and have requested the team provide us with a specific tutorial on meeting 508 compliance requirements. Jeanette has responded and assured us they are working on it.

As I explained in my request(s), 508-compliance  applies to those agencies using Federal monies and that means that state and local agencies receiving such funds must comply. Small agencies don't have much money so people like me, self-taught and not so computer savvy, are trying to learn enough so we can provide e-learning. Articulate Presenter could not be made compliant but Storyline was supposed to be. It would be beyond great to have a set of specific turorials put together in one place that address what we need to know.  It's fine to tell us what we need to do, as in the links, but HOW to do each thing is the kicker.

Again, thanks so much for your help and ideas.

Jon