With an increasing mobile workforce becoming the latest trend, companies are showcasing mobile learning as a powerful device to empower learners. This kind of learning allows learners to accesss information or training material in an environment that they are currently in, be it while commuting, or when they are at the workplace or home. This facility has encouraged organizations to convert their existing Flash-based courses to HTML5. However, there is a challenge here; it is the browser that a user depends on to access the courses. Let’s see more about the challenge and its solution.
Browser constraints for HTML5 output courses
Here is the table that shows browsers and their respective scores; this HTML5 browser score depicts your browser support for HTML5 features – the more the score the more the support for HML5 features. There are many browsers that are compatible with HTML5. So what does this score mean for eLearning? How does it affect your eLearning course accessibility? Browsers that scored high as good support to HTML5 output courses are chrome Firefox, Safari and even I.E 9. But the challenge here is that certain browsers with low HTML5 score do not support eLearning courses.
For example, I.E 8, I.E 7 and I.E 6 do not support eLearning courses because they scored less in the test and was placed at the bottom of the table. There are some organizations that are still using older versions of browsers that cannot access HTML5-based courses; they are somehow reluctant to move to advanced versions of the browser that support HTML5 content.
We employ various authoring tools like Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline to convert existing legacy courses to HTML5. These tools have options using which courses can be published in both Flash and HTML5. Learners will therefore be able to access a Flash-based course on I.E 6 or I.E 7, which does not support HTML5.
If they are using the latest versions of the browsers (Chrome, Mozilla, I.E 10), which are compatible with HTML5, they will be able to access the course published in HTML5. If your learners are using iPad devices to access a course, these rapid authoring tools provide apps that allow them to download content for viewing even when they are not connected to the Internet. If they don’t download these apps, they can still view the course using the Safari browser in their iPads.
Hence, browser compatibility is not really an issue. You can deliver your courses to your users irrespective of the browser they are using.