what does Storyline call this...

I'm happily up to my elbows in my first Storyline project. Occasionally, though, I realize I don't quite have the language down. So, sometimes I struggle in the Forums and Tutorials to find help.

I have multiple locations in my project where I want my users to visit sections of training. The order in which these sections are visited is not critical, so, users can choose where to go first, next and so on.

When I search for information on branching, I find lots of quiz-related forum posts. So, in Storyline's world, am I creating branching or something else? (And, what is that something else?)

My users must visit each of the sections completely, returning to the navigation page upon completion. I think I will use button states to keep track of what has been visited and what hasn't. Right?

And, I think I'll be using triggers to control navigation. Right?

Is there a way to disable the Next button on that navigation slide until all of the buttons have a Visited state? (Not a "language" question and I think the answer must be yes.)

(Not expecting to have my hand held here, just can't quite find my way at the moment.)

4 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Kelly!

  • When I search for information on branching, I find lots of quiz-related forum posts. So, in Storyline's world, am I creating branching or something else? (And, what is that something else?)

It really depends on what you're trying to do. If you can give a little more information, maybe I can find some posts or tutorials for you. Sounds more like navigation, but I'm not certain. If you're talking about allowing the user to view whatever content they'd like, that's probably considered user controlled navigation, or free navigation. I don't think there's a specific "term" for it, but if there's a specific method you're looking for, I can certainly do a little extra digging

  • My users must visit each of the sections completely, returning to the navigation page upon completion. I think I will use button states to keep track of what has been visited and what hasn't. Right?

Now this one, I definitely want to chime in on. States are for buttons. This means that if a user hovers over the button, it will show that state. If the user must complete an action, you would probably want to use a variable. Here's a tutorial that may shed a little more light on the topic for you.

  • And, I think I'll be using triggers to control navigation. Right?

Yes, triggers are wonderful for navigation. Here's an article about restricting course navigation.

  • Is there a way to disable the Next button on that navigation slide until all of the buttons have a Visited state? (Not a "language" question and I think the answer must be yes.)

Yes - you can do this with the information I provided above, actually. You could use a True/False variable for this. Here's an article on the topic. 

Never be afraid to ask questions! That's what we're here for :)

Christine

Kelly Kremin

Hi Christine,

Appreciate the fast response. I will take the tutorial and read both of the support articles.

I don't know that I can say more about what the design of this training program is than what I originally posted. (So far) I have 3 points (slides) where from each a user can click a button to jump to other slides. Where my mind went is look for info on branching but as I mentioned, that was a fast track to quiz land - which is not where I need to go at the moment. So, my mind naturally goes to well what the heck do they call what I'm trying to do. (You have to go to A, to B and to C - in whatever order you wish to - before you're done and we preview the next module, for example.)