Tab Order: Storyline skipping first object on non-base layers?

I'm using Storyline 360 v3.26.18601.0 and am having a problem with the tab order.

It appears that when I open a layer from the base layer and hit the tab key, I do not go to the first object listed in my Tab Order panel for that new layer. Instead, Storyline skips the first thing listed in the tab order and goes to the second object in the list. I then have to tab through the entire rest of the page before I am cycled back, finally, to that first object.

Of course, this completely messes up the learner experience since I get to the Next or Continue button before I get to the main content on the page.

Here is a concrete example:

Main Storyline edit screen:

Storyline Edit screen, full

This is a screen from an emergency management course in a module on responding to an earthquake. It consists of a base layer called Drop Cover and Hold On and three feedback layers, one for each of the highlighted regions on the slide. Two are incorrect feedback layers (No: Boxes and No: Bottles) and one is the correct feedback layer (Yes: Good Choice).

Slide Layers

The idea is the learner clicks one of the highlighted regions, and in response, a trigger shows the feedback layer associated with that choice. If the learner clicks the correct place to drop, cover, and hold on, then the Yes: Good Choice layer displays:

Yes: Good Choice layer

This layer is set to Prevent the user from clicking on the base layer in its properties panel:

Layer Properties

This prevents objects on the base layer from being tabbed to while the learner is on this layer. Also, every object on this layer is hidden from the accessibility tools except for the feedback text box and the Continue button.

Here's my Tab Order panel for this slide:

Tab Order Panel

Here's a Peek video screencast of me trying to navigate through this page using the keyboard only (i.e., navigating with the Tab key and selecting with the Enter key):

Peek video of how this page behaves

The little teeter-totter video clip (meant to suggest the earthquake) at the start of the page  in question didn't get captured too well by Peek, but otherwise the video shows the tab behavior quite well. Why does it skip the feedback text box?

Is anyone else experiencing this or am doing something wrong?

Thanks!

    -Ray

 

 

33 Replies
Vincent Scoma

Hi Michael and Nicole,

Happy to see your excitement about the accessibility improvements we are working on!

For Storyline 3, we are working on accessibility enhancements as well, and promise to share the news here as soon as they’re ready! 

In regards to the tab order bug, this is now addressed with the latest release of Storyline 360. This article provides more details on how slide navigation has been updated in Update 36 for Storyline 360Storyline 360: Slide Content Is More Accessible

Lauren Connelly

Hi everyone!

You'll want to check out the latest version of Storyline 3 that we released today!

In Storyline 3 (Build 3.10.22406.0), you'll see a fix for the bug where the feedback Layer wouldn't follow the Tab Order specified and the first item wasn't highlighted. You'll need to download the latest version of Storyline 3 to see all the accessibility enhancements included in this update.

Here's a complete list of the release notes!

Lauren Connelly

Hi John!

The bug where the first object wasn't highlighted by the focus rectangle was released in Update 36 (Build 3.36.21213.0). We are currently on Storyline 360 (Build 3.54.25674.0). Which version of Storyline are you using?

If you have a file that you can share, that would be helpful too! You can attach it to this discussion or upload the .story file privately in a support case.