Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Responsive text, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
As we continue to work with responsive templates, the size and style of text is an important consideration. In this video, we'll be working in the responsive text project, which is located in the chapter four file of the exercise files. The first thing I'm going to notice here on slide number three, is that your first day of campus is the title text for the primary view. Here, the text is nice and big. In fact, it extends more than halfway across the slide, and it's very visible. As I move to the tablet view, however, this text is automatically changing because I typed it into a placeholder that has been already formatted for responsive design.
Now one thing that I don't like about the way it changed is the text box is still a certain height, and it's too big in reference to the blue bar in the background. And then also, the text is too small, I think. It only goes about halfway across the slide. Now in the tablet view or the mobile view, it's important to keep in mind that our learners will be accessing the e-learning in different environments. For example, here's a picture of three students sitting outside. If someone was sitting outside with their tablet computer and they were accessing the e-learning, they might have glare issues. I want to make sure that I'm setting them up for success by having text that's easy to read. Let's also keep in mind that this slide is only going to play for three seconds as an introduction slide and then automatically move on to the next slide that contains some content. Because of that, I'm going to go ahead and change the size of the font on both the tablet and the mobile views to be very visible and easily read.
So let's start here, on the primary view. Now the first thing I'm going to do is let's go ahead and make it even bigger here on the primary view. I'm going to select the text box. In the properties panel under properties, I'm going to find the character box. In the character box, I'm going to come to the font size drop-down and let's just go ahead and select 72. Now right away there's a couple things we need to fix up, first of which is that I need to make the text box a little bit bigger and then position it properly on top of the blue box. So now, from our primary view, Your first day on campus is easily read.
Let's now click over to the tablet view. Once again the text size is too small. Let's start by fixing that. In the characters panel, let's go ahead and make it 48 for this particular view. That looks a lot better and let's actually shrink down this text box and then find the far side of it and bring it back in. Just so that it matches the style of our primary view. So just taking a look at those two changes, here we've got our primary view with the size 72 font, and now we have our tablet view with the size 48 font.
The last thing we need to change is our mobile view. Because I shrank down the box, it's now fitting a little better on the slide but I still can position a little better. And also because everything else is in line on this slide, let's go ahead and change the text align to center. And also the size 18 text would probably work, but I think we've got enough room. Let's go ahead and go to 24. And then make our text box just a little bit bigger so it all fits in this blue section. And that's just going to guarantee that our users can easily read the information on the slide. So, now we've made several changes to both the mobile view, the tablet view, and the primary view.
It's a good practice after every single change you make to quickly click through your different views just to make sure you haven't accidentally changed one of the properties that would affect a different view.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project