Text entry boxes



Text entry boxes are text fields into which users can enter text. Text entry boxes are a great way to test user knowledge. After the user answers a question, Adobe Captivate matches the answer with the answers that you have set when creating the text entry box. You can even provide a hint to the user if you want to.

Properties of text entry boxes

The Properties dialog box for the text entry box has the following tabs:

  • Text Entry Box

  • Options

  • Audio

  • Reporting

  • Size And Position

  • Advanced

Text Entry Box tab

The following options are in the Settings area:

Default Text
The default text that appears in the text entry box. The user can overwrite the displayed text. For example, you can set a default text for the text entry box saying, “Enter the answer here.”

Retain Text
Allows users to view their previously entered answer if they return to this slide using the Back button.

The following options are in the If The User Enters The Text Correctly area:

Correct Entries
The answer for the question. You can enter multiple correct answers.

Font
Font properties for the text entered in the text entry box.

Add
Use this button to specify more than one correct entry.

Delete
Removes a selected answer from the list.

On Success
Specifies the event after a user enters the correct text in the text entry box. For more information, see Defining project navigation.

The following options are in the If The User Enters The Text Incorrectly area:

Allow User [#] Attempts
Specifies the number of times the user can attempt the question before the specified action takes place. The Infinite Attempts option is selected by default. To enter a specific number of attempts, clear the Infinite Attempts option.

Infinite Attempts
Allows users an unlimited number of attempts.

After Last Attempt
Specifies the event that should take place after the last attempt. For more information, see Defining project navigation
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Set Shortcut Key
You can specify a keyboard shortcut for the Submit button associated with the text entry box. Users can use the keyboard shortcut instead of using the mouse to click the Submit button.
Note: If your Adobe Captivate project is displayed in a browser, set keyboard shortcuts that won’t conflict with common browser shortcuts. For example, F1 is frequently used as a keyboard shortcut to display Help. The Control, Alt, and Shift keys map to the Control, Option, and Shift keys on Macintosh computers, respectively.

Options tab

Item Name
Enter a unique name for the object. You can use this name when defining the visibility conditions for the object.
Visible
Deselect this option if you want the object to be invisible on the slide. The object can be made visible using the Show option. For more information, see Controlling the visibility of objects.

Display For [Time]
Specifies how long the text entry box is displayed on the slide.

Appear After [#] Seconds
Specifies the delay between the first appearance of the slide and the first appearance of the text entry box.

Pause After [#] Seconds
Specifies the point at which the project pauses so that the user can enter text in the text entry box. The project continues only after the user submits the correct answer.

Effect
Transition effect for the text entry box. You can apply a fade in or fade out effect and set the time for the fading effects.

Transparency
Degree of transparency for the text entry box. Select a value from 0% to 100%. A value of 10% is less transparent (more solid) than a value of 90%.

The transparency effect does not appear when you view the text entry box in Edit view. To test the transparency effect, press F4 to preview the slide.

Background Color
Background color of the text entry box.

Validate User Input
If this option is disabled, Adobe Captivate does not validate the text in the text entry box. The box behaves like a form field and accepts any user input.
Success Caption
The caption displayed when the user clicks inside the click box.

Failure Caption
The caption displayed when the user clicks outside the click box.

Hint Caption
The caption providing a hint to the user. The hint is displayed when the user moves the pointer over the click box.

Pause For Success/Failure Captions
Pauses the project until all success and failure captions are displayed.

Show Button
Adds a Submit button to the text entry box. You can change the label for the button.

Show Text Box Frame
Enables visibility of the text entry box. If you do not select this option, only the text is displayed to the user.

Password
The text entry box mimics a password field.

Case-sensitive
Text entered in the text entry box is considered case sensitive. Users must provide answers with the correct combination of lowercase and uppercase letters.

Show Scrollbar
Displays a scroll bar when the user exceeds the space available in the text entry box.

Audio tab

Record New Audio 
Opens the Record Audio dialog box. (Recording audio requires some basic equipment.)

Stop Audio 
Stops playing the audio file.

Play Audio 
Plays the audio file.

Import
Displays the Import Audio dialog box. You can browse to an audio file and import it.

Library
Click to open the Library. The Library lists all audio files that are already part of the currently open Adobe Captivate project.

Edit
Displays the Edit Audio dialog box. This dialog box lets you insert silent periods and adjust the volume.

Delete
Removes the audio file from the highlight box.

Fade In [#] Seconds
Specifies the number of seconds until the audio fades in to full volume.

Fade Out [#] Seconds
Specifies the number of seconds until the audio fade outs to silence.

Settings
Opens the Audio Settings dialog box. You can change audio settings such as input source, quality level, and calibration. Click the Settings button to make your selections.

Reporting tab

If you want to keep score for the text entry box or coordinate the score with a learning management system, use the Reporting tab. Select from the following options:

Include In Quiz
The points assigned to the text entry box are added to the score results for the current quiz.

Report Answers
Sends the score to the learning management system (LMS).

Objective ID
Maps to an objective ID set in your learning management system.

Interaction ID
Sends tracking information to the learning management system based on the interaction ID specified by the learning management system.

Points
Score when the user answers the question correctly. The maximum is 100 points, the minimum is 0.

Add To Total
The score of the text entry box is added to the quiz total.

Size And Position tab

If you want to define the exact size or location of the text entry box in terms of pixels, click the Size And Position tab. Select from the following options:

Left
Specifies the position of the left border of the object, in pixels.

Top
Specifies the position of the top of the object, in pixels.

Width
Specifies the width of the object, in pixels.

Height
Specifies the height of the object, in pixels.

Constrain Proportions
Maintains the height-to-width ratio when the click box is resized.

Advanced tab

Variable Associated
The text entered in the text box is stored in this variable.

On Focus Lost
Select the action that should be performed when the user presses Enter or Tab, or moves the pointer away from the object.

Add a text entry box

  1. In an open project, select the slide to which you want to add a text entry box.

  2. Select Insert > Objects > Text Entry Box.

    The New Text Entry Box dialog box appears.

  3. Specify the options for the text entry box using the options in the dialog box.

  4. Use the Settings menu to select how to apply property changes in the project. To apply all your changes, select Apply Only Changed Properties. To apply all the text entry box settings, select Apply All Properties. You can apply the text entry box settings to the current slide only or to all slides.

    Note: If you change the settings in this dialog box, they become the default settings, and new text entry boxes that you create use the new settings.
  5. Select Apply To All to apply settings specified in the Settings menu to all slides.

  6. Click OK.

    A text entry box appears on the slide.

  7. Size and drag the text entry box as desired.

  8. If you selected the Success, Failure, or Hint caption options, double-click the text boxes to edit the text.