Naming conventions in development

First of all, what are naming conventions? Good question! Our definition first, then we’ll share some wider thoughts on the topic. Naming conventions allow us to apply a pattern and standard to the way we name things within our computer environment. This could be from names of actual files, to folders, to how we store contacts in a CRM (“First name, Last name” or “Last Name, First Name” for example). If we have a standard by which we name things, it makes it easier to search, organise and see at a glance, what things actually are.

According to Wikipedia, “A naming convention is a convention (generally agreed scheme) for naming things. Conventions differ in their intents, which may include to: Allow useful information to be deduced from the names based on regularities.”

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States advice?

I’m interested to get better at working with states, and would like to try it with pictures of people that come with captivate. I currently am paying 20 usd/month for a course that covers that, but it’s expensive. Does anyone know of a cheaper or free resource that would help me learn that?



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Text Caption typing reversed

In Adobe Captivate 11.5 in a responsive project, when I select an image and open the Object State > add a custom state > and then add a Text Caption – when I click on the text caption and start typing it types it in reverse.  For example when I type Cat it puts “C” then to the LEFT it puts the “a” and then to the left of the “a” it puts the “t”.  Why?

I did Undo and tried again, same thing.  Yet, as you can see from this post, my computer is set up for typing left to right, not right to left.

I exited State View and added a Text Caption to the slide – same problem, it is putting my text right to left.

I clicked in a slide then Shapes > Smart Shape > click to type text – same problem, it is putting any text that I type right to left.

I tried a different font – same problem.

Why is it doing this?  How do I prevent Captivate from doing this?

I closed the project without saving and reopened the same project – same problem.

I closed the project and opened a new responsive project – problem FIXED for a new project.

So the real questions are – why did it put my typing in reverse?  Once it starts typing in reverse how do you get it to stop typing in reverse?  Did it just destroy my whole project???

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Smart Shapes: How to select the fill color

When I insert a Smart Shape, such as a rectangle, how do I chose a fill color?

This is a baffling issue because I’m sure I’ve done this before, but now I don’t see any option to do it. On the Properties panel, I see an option to change the transparency, and options to edit the text within the shape, but I don’t see a way to change the fill color. I must be missing something obvious.

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Keep getting actionscript keywords message

I have tricked every “trick” or workaround that I have come across, but when I try to use Web Object to embed a YouTube video, I keep receiving the message (when I preview) “Swf compilation failed.  Please verify if any of the actionscript keywords is used as user variable name.”

I have also tried the YouTube widget and checked HTML5 Tracker.

Do not know what to do here…I do not yet know enough about variables to know how to even approach the problem.

Thank you,


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Web Object creation issue

Running 2019 11.01.266.

We have a Moodle 3.2 cloud based LMS that has a media repository.

Weird problem when i create a web object in the Captivate project.

I’m creating a web object to call in the video and it works, but the video immediately starts playing, the video controls go away, and it won’t stop running until I exit Captivate altogether. (I even deleted the object, but the audio kept playing after deletion).

Published it out and loaded it to the course page and it ran  fine, controls were in place and everything worked. problem is, with a media heavy project, these videos will play every time I open the project to work on it.


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Need to turn off ‘automatically reduce slide duration’ checkbox

Anyone out there know how to do this, I cannot find any global setting to turn this off. This item is part of the multi-side editor, as its name implies once you save your changes in the multi-slide editor it will force all your slides to reduce in length to the video segment of each slide. This is very handy, except in cases where it isn’t. In my project I use a multistate object as a next slide button placed at the end of the video segment. If I don’t remember to untick this reduce slide duration feature, it forces all my carefully placed buttons to the beginning of all slides with multistate video. So, is there a preferences setting anywhere that sets the default for this feature to unchecked, that is turned off unless I tell it otherwise, not the other  way around? Thanks for any advice!!

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Text Entry Box in HTML5 browser – Can’t change the text after clicking the submit button

I’m having issues with text entry boxes in Captivate 9 and HTML5.  Once I enter an incorrect text response to check my failure caption, if I click the submit button, the X beside the text entry field disappears.  Then I am unable to click back in the field to make it active and edit the text to enter the correct response.  I have set the number of attempts to infinite attempts.  Any ideas on why this is happening or how to work around it?

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