Screen readers and different text in text states?

Hi everyone,

Storyline question. Working in SL3. I have a text field that has several states, each state has different text read. When testing for accessibility it seems to only pick up the normal text state on the screen reader even if the state is changed. Does anyone have any advice on how to get the screen reader to read the other states. Is there an easy way around this without using variables/more text boxes? Do screen readers not read other text states?

14 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Melissa,

I believe the piece that you're running into, and that Matthew is pointing to, is the issue where alt text on an object's other states is not read by JAWS. That is reported to our team as a possible bug and we'll let you know here as soon as we have an update. 

I also wanted to point out that our output has never supported a "real time" change in the state of an object. So, it's expected that you would have to tab back to it to hear that's it's checked/selected. 

Crystal Horn

Hey folks. I'm excited to let you know that we just released update 16 for Storyline 360! It includes new features and fixes - check them all out here.

One of the fixes addresses an issue where the alt text on an object's other states wasn't read by JAWS.

Here’s how you can update Storyline 360 to take advantage of everything the latest release has to offer. Let me know how you make out!

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Melissa,

Yup, all fixes you see in a Storyline 360 update will be included in the next update of Storyline 3. I don't have a release date set for that yet, but we'll let folks know in these discussions about that too. You'll also want to enable the check for updates so that you see that notice right away! 

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Susan,

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are seeing in your course.

Yes, tabbing to the item to be read would be the expected behavior.

If it's something you would like us to take a look at, feel free to share.

With your permission, you can share your project file with our support engineers to investigate what's happening. You can share it privately by uploading it here. It will be deleted when troubleshooting is complete.