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Image Links & Cursor Cues (Composica)

Postby vmarm » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:57 am

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The Viewletin
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How many times have you heard of the old cliché’ that a picture is worth a thousand words? In the world of eLearning, this is especially true. Visual cues are a simple yet integral part of training—but only when used properly.

As a Composica courseware developer, you understand there is only so much text you can fit on your HTML page. And, as is the case with eLearning design ‘best practices’ textual content effectively complemented by graphic visuals will provide you with the biggest ROI. But, what happens when the visuals are only doing half their job?

For example, Composica allows you to transform static images into clickable links for access to external web sites. These image links should be easily identifiable to the viewer by a change in the cursor as the mouse is rolled over the image—a pointer changing to a hand cursor. On playback, however, what do you do if the cursor does NOT change shape over an image link? You could provide text instructions to the viewer, but then why bother having an image link? Or, you could fix it by simply coding the cursor to change at the correct time—in just a few steps.

1. Select the image to be used as the clickable link.
2. Select the ‘Properties (pane) > Layout (tab)’.
3. In the ‘Property’ column, scroll down until you find ‘Mouse Cursor’ (under Misc).
4. Select the desired cursor shape in the ‘Value’ column next to this option.

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Want to see this authoring tip in action? Check out this video to learn how to change the cursor for an image link.

Visual cues, such as a cursor changing shape of over an image link, is something viewers take for granted. When these cues are not provided, viewers may miss an important link—all because the image click spot was only doing half of its job.

Take the time to use this ‘best practice’ tip when designing image click spots on your Composica pages for a huge ROI in so many ways.

Until next time...
Happy Viewleting!

~ViewletMarm~

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