Maintaining Keyboard Focus – Accessibility Tip

When it comes to accessibility, people usually first think of closed captions and alternative text. But a major issue often overlooked is the importance of keyboard focus. There are individuals out there who are unable to use a mouse and rely exclusively on the keyboard to navigate on the computer. When you storyboard and develop your courses in Captivate, ensure that you have a visible keyboard focus indicator in the browser(s) that your organization/company is using!

I had this problem not long ago with Internet Explorer and there being a very faint keyboard focus field when testing a published Captivate course. Firefox and Chrome also, in my opinion, have faint focus indicators. As far as I could tell, Captivate does not have an internal mechanism to change focus field color or size (only an option to hide the focus field). So, us lowly Captivate users have to resort to external code and manipulation to get the desired result.

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