Tab button

I'm using a Software Simulationin test mode in my Storyline project.  One of the steps requires that the user enter data in a text field, and then hit the "tab" button on their keyboard.  Once they hit "tab", a dialogue box pops up, and they must click "ok" and continue with the

When running the preview of the output, hitting "tab" simply puts a yellow box around my entire project.  From there, if you click on the "ok" button in the dialogue box, the dialogue box goes away, the yellow box goes away, but the feedback is "incorrect, try again". Now that the dialogue box is moved, so is the hotspot, so there is no way for the learner to continue to proceed through the activity.

Does anyone know exactly how Storyline reacts to a "tab" push, and how I can potentially turn off that reaction?

Thanks!

Amy

7 Replies
Michael Hinze

The Tab key is used to provide Accessibility (navigating content with the keyboard, rather than the mouse). See here for some info. You can prevent the Tab key from working with way by unchecking the Accessibility option for objects on your slide, e.g. your OK button. See the bottom of this post for info.

Amy Williams

Thanks, Michael!  I never knew this feature existed in Storyline.

I read those links and did as asked.  However, when I preview my story, and hit "tab", it still slects the "entire screen" (which is really one frame of my simulation) with the accesibility box.  When I try to use this recommended steps (selecting the object, using the "size" feature to make the object not visible to accesibility devices) I can't actually select the background vide.

Is there any way to completed turn off the accessibility feature on a slide or story?

Amy

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Amy,

Unfortunately there is  no way to turn it off completely, but as Michael mentioned you can turn it off for particular elements. I'm not sure I've seen the behavior where it highlights the entire slide/background - could you share a screenshot of this so that I can see the behavior and try to replicate?

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Amy,

It's difficult to tell from that image what other slide elements or player elements you've included? I tried to replicate this on one of my own files with a quiz question and a background image - and I can't get the tab key to select the slide as a whole. Could you share your Storyline file with us or even just that one slide? 

Amy Williams

Hi Ashley,

I have attached a few slides for you to walk through to see the issue I am talking about.  In order to complete the activity, you'll need to know the answers, so here they are:

1.  Click "decision", "Refused"

2. Click "Reason," "participant not eligible"

3. Clik the second box beside "reason", "participant not under appropriate medical care"

4.  Click "message", then click the "blank space" to clear the message.

5.  Under "Impact on Disability Status", click "End Date" and a text box should appear.  Type 2014.02.19 and hit "Tab" (This is the part that is critical, as in our real systems, they HAVE to hit the "tab" key).

6.  You will see the yellow box frame the screen.  Click "Ok".

The dialogue box goes away, the yellow box goes away, but now, anywhere you click tells you "click OK".

In the source file, you cannot select the background to turn off accessibility.

Thanks,

Amy

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Amy,

Thanks for sharing the file here as that helped me see the behavior a bit better. I tried changing the triggers around a bit, but still wasn't able to get the behavior you're looking for. Instead, what I would recommend is to recreate this one slide with a screenshot, and a text entry that you build in yourself with the tab as the submission trigger and then keep the "Ok" text box set up as normal. Since the screen recording element is adding as a background image, there isn't a way to remove it from the accessibility view.