Text box disappears?!

File this under "why in the world?!".

I am trying to get the font color of hyperlinks to change from blue to purple.

From what I've seen, this doesn't happen automatically, so I tried adding a state that changes the specific text to purple. I tied using the built in "Visited" state AND tried a newly added state.

In either case, when I view the slide in html5, the link opens, but the textbox disappears.

I know html5 is quirky, but that's insane.  Why would the whole box disappear just because I changed the font color?

Can anyone help?

* If there is a way to make the hyperlinks change color automatically, that'd be great too.

4 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi there Christopher,

Thanks for letting us know what's going on. I created a test file, and I'm also seeing issues with clicking on a text hyperlink that has state in HTML5. I'm going to bring this to my team, and I'll let you know what I find out.

In the meantime, I did find a workaround for you. Instead of hyperlinking the text itself, hyperlink the text box. It's the second hyperlink in the example I made here. Have a look, and let me know if you have any questions!

Christopher Danello

Thanks.  I thought of that as well.  The problem is I have more than one link in the same textbox.

I did some more research on this. I see a couple of factors.

1. I think the issue stems from the text being converted to a hyperlink. Trying to then change the state of the textbox bumps up against the coding of the hyperlink (I believe). When I tried the same with text I simply made to look like a link (blue font, underlined), and placed a hotspot over the text, it worked just fine creating multiple triggers to change the state to purple text as well as open a link.  The triggers just had to be linked to the hotspot rather than the text.

2. There doesn't seem to be a clean way (that I know of) to link triggers directly to text aside from making the text a hyperlink. Powerpoint and Storyline seem to treat the textbox as a single object and ignores the text (which makes sense). I have run into similar issues when trying to create hover layers from individual text.

Rodrigo Barreira

Good morning Christopher, I am not sure if you have already solved your problem, but when I have encountered similar problems what I do either in PowerPoint or in Articulate is about the "Text" I create figures to which I generate a trigger and then delete their contour and delete and fill, therefore the trigger is made in the area you want it to be active ... my native language is Spanish, hopefully the translation is understandable.