Text animations by first level paragraph disrupt tab order

Hello all, 

I'm wondering if anyone else has run into this problem or has found a good solution or workaround. I'm looking at making my courses more ADA-compliant, and a problem I'm running into is when text is animated in by first level paragraph (as in a bulleted or ordered list) the tab order of the slide seems to get shuffled or disrupted. 

In a course that I am working on now, the tab order seems to shift randomly among the different items in the list and also to the entire textbox that contains the text. This will prompt screen readers to read text out of order and read the entire text box twice, in addition to forcing those who use keyboard navigation to cycle through an unnecessary amount of items. 

The obvious workaround is to have the text animate in all at once, and does seem to fix the tab order issue. Is there any way to preserve those kind of animations and keep appropriate tab order? Is this a known issue in Storyline?


32 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Welcome to E-Learning Heroes, Timothy!

There's a pretty active discussion on this topic in another thread. If you haven't seen it already, you may want to take a look. Maybe some of the information or suggestions in that thread will help you with this.

Storyline Tab order for Accessibility.

Good luck with the project! 

Sean Speake

Hi Ashley,

I'm using SL2 - latest update from May 23.

I have 3 items on the screen. Title, arrow and a text box with two lines.

Without animate by Paragraph, tabbing works as expected per the Tab Order set up.

With animate by Paragraph, the first tab takes you to the second line of the text box, then follows the prescribed tab order.

This is the simplest one I'm having issues with. Presumably I could just create separate text boxes for each line of text, but at this stage it would require a not insignificant amount of rework.

Alyssa Gomez

Thanks, Shawn. This is the first we've seen this problem in Storyline 360, so I'm really glad you brought this up. 

I'm going to bring this to my team, and I'll tag this thread to be updated as soon as we get more information on a fix. Thanks again, and I'm sorry for the frustration this has caused you and your client!

Alyssa Gomez

So sorry about that, Steve. I know this is causing a real slow-down for folks. Try using the animation painter to save a little time. Simply apply the "As One Object" animation to the first text box, then copy the animation to the other text boxes using the animation painter. 

We'll be sure to pop back in when we have an update to share!