Allowing your learners to press the [tab] key is a great way to allow navigation in a Captivate eLearning lesson... when it works. However, if you have ever tried to include the [tab] key as a shortcut in your lessons, you have probably noticed that pressing the [tab] key can quickly take your learner right out of your lesson and all around the browser window. How frustrating! If you'd like to regain control of that pesky [tab] key read on, I have a solution for you!
The behavior that's frustrating you is called Seamless Tabbing and it allows repeated pressing of the [tab] key to extend beyond your published lesson, down to your lesson's playbar, then to the browser's address bar, toolbars and beyond.
Seamless tabbing is on by default. You can turn it off with a simple edit of your published lesson's .html file.
- Open the html file in Notepad.
- Locate the line that defines your flash movie. It will look similar to:
var so = new SWFObject("youProjectName.swf", "Captivate", "640", "511", "10", "#CCCCCC");
- Right after that line, insert this line:
- Your code will now look similar to this:
var so = new SWFObject("yourProjectName.swf", "Captivate", "640", "511", "10", "#CCCCCC");
If you know you will always want this behavior in all of your published projects, you can change the file on which your .html output is based. That file, named standard.htm is typically located at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 4\Templates\Publish\standard.htm.