10 Replies
David Anderson

The FREE and DEMO subject lines really help people find your freebies... Those keywords also make it super easy for me to find and recap:-)

Thanks for putting this together, David. I've considered doing a weekly challenge on this topic just to see how many crazy variations we could get for showing captions.

Susie Tiggs

Thanks for adding this!  I would love to see a weekly challenge on this topic.  I build eLearning courses for staff working with students who are Deaf or hearing of hearing, and many of our staff members are DHH.  My courses are always accessible, but I am sure there are better ways of adding the captioning.

Stephanie Harnett

Hi David. I also have a project using this approach. I've placed the variable reference and triggers handling on and off caption states in the master (and feedback master) so the only triggers on the slide are the ones containing closed captioning text. This generally works well. A couple of things I've noticed:

  • Timing gets a little wonky if users scrub in the play bar in HTML5 on a tablet (not all browsers). To ensure it always stays in sync, I've prevented scrubbing in the play bar.
  • Using cue points is the most efficient approach, however, the timing of hitting the "c" button on the keyboard to insert a cue point against timing of what you hear (as well as a possible playback delay in Storyline timeline) can cause captioning to be slightly slower than you'd like. I've had to adjust almost all initial cue points ahead slightly when playing it back and watching the timing.
  • The captioning font chosen is going to vary in display depending on device. To prevent multiple-line display and to keep captioning easy to read, I'd advise keeping each line of captioning to 40--60 characters.