Screen Reader Woes (508)
Sorry in advance for the long post...
I am trying to get a couple of courses to work properly with screen readers, but am having mixed results. I think I am doing everything properly--setting Alt text via the Size and Position dialog box (as described here), but the behavior is not consistent.
Problem 1: Not consistent across browsers
In one course (let's call this course A), things seem to be working in I.E. and FireFox for the most part. In Chrome I get the little yellow tabbing boxes, but the screen reader doesn't read any of them. I've seen some of the other threads that Chrome is problematic, but the threads are a little older, so thought I'd throw it out again to see if there was any change on that front. Unfortunately it's not working on Mac either.
Problem 2: Reading something other than the Alt text
I've built custom navigation in course A. The various buttons (next, previous, etc.) all have Alt text assigned to them. The screen reader "sees" the various buttons, but instead of reading the Alt text I've assigned ("next button", "previous button", etc) it reads the name of the graphic that I've imported as the Normal state for each button ("buttons_back_active.png", "buttons_next_active.png", etc.). Is there a way to actually have the screen reader read the Alt text?
Problem 3: Inconsistent ability to read from course to course
I'm also working on separate course (course B) with a similar setup. However, the screen reader is not able to "see" that course at all in any browser. I am able to tab through the yellow boxes, but the reader doesn't read anything. I don't understand why it would work for one course but not the other.
Is there a difference in the way that functionality is handled in the different versions of Storyline? If so, perhaps that is my problem as course A is Storyline 1 and course B is Storyline 2.
Then to make things more confusing, the client requested a sample version of course B that includes just 4 screens. I replicated the Storyline file and deleted all but the first few screens. When I try the sample course, the screen reader does see the content.
Any thoughts and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated.