The video "Making the Glossary interaction available throughout the course in Adobe Captivate 6," which you can view here, explains how to show the glossary widget on any page of a project and pause the slide at the same time. Pausing allows the user to focus on the glossary without missing any of the slide’s content. When you click the close button, the glossary is hidden, the slide unpauses, and then resumes playback. Unfortunately, using this method to show/hide the glossary can be a problem if the slide is already paused because you need the user to do something first. Because pressing the button to hide the glossary unpauses the slide, the user won’t be able to complete what you needed them to do when the pause was implemented. This article explains how to conditionally show/hide the glossary which eliminates this problem.

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In part one of this article, we covered how to setup remediation with failure, something you can’t do using Captivate’s default remediation functionality. In part two, we’re setting up a file to allow for two or more failed attempts before users are sent back for remediation, come back for a final attempt at the question, and then moved forward to the next quiz slide if they still answer the question incorrectly.

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We’ve recently completed a small amount of visual tweaks to the site, mostly pertaining to hyperlinks. Personally, I’ve never cared much for the standard blue text with blue underline look that came as part all hyperlinks back in the pre-CSS days. With the ability to have far better control over text appearance via CSS, it was great to finally modify the appearance of elements as you wanted. I always felt particularly glad for the “text-decoration: none;” declaration which allows you to remove the underlines from text.

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Many vendors claim to save you money. Buyer beware! If you fail to check out the claims, you could end up spending more. Advertisers are paid to make a product appealing; not to provide all the facts to support the claims being made. Consumers need to evaluate advertised claims to make an informed decision that results in true cost savings. Saving money is influenced by the availability of like products for comparisons, the local economy and time. To see how long will it take to see a cost savings you need to conduct a cost analysis.

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I’m not a fan of calling a client to tell them that their project is either going to take longer and/or cost them more money due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s only been on very rare occasions that the circumstances are a result of my ineptitude due to poor estimation of time or costs associated with the job. How you prevent making these types of calls comes from being as clear as possible with them and making sure that they’re as clear as possible with you. Even details that seem insignificant can end up being a bigger problem that you could have imagined and result in costing your client a lot more than you thought it would. Being able to prevent these problems before they ever emerge can make the difference between being known as a person or company that is open and honest with a client or one that constantly forces their clients to pay them additional money.

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