I've been tasked with creating a Userguide Lab Manual with student exercises. The client wants content to be in three layers: 1) basic tasks listed, 2) accessible "hints" to complete tasks, 3) accessible step-by-step explanation to complete tasks. Levels 2 & 3 should be initially "hidden" text boxes that the student can access if needed.
Can InDesign handle this? I realize this is something HTML can handle ... but the client wants a e-PUB document, something portable, in the end.
Can you give me advice? I've looked and looked at many elements of InDesign. Often I see "hidden" elements must be converted to an image (button?); elements of Interactivity usually means video or animation... but I want editable text. In theory, we want to be able to develop ONE master, and then reveal (show) different layers ... and i the end publish three levels of Userguide Lab Manual.
Is this possible?
If you are thinking of doing this with a reflowable EPUB, the answer is no.
Fixed Layout makes this sort of interactivity possible but InDesign currently does not export this.
I am curious though, how were you expecting to trigger this interactivity?
What would cause the hidden boxes to reveal themselves and re-hide?
Architect, InDesign Engineering
@Pinenuthunter – did you consider iBooks Author app (Mac OSX 10.7 and above) for this task and publishing in ibooks file format to the iBooks app on iPads or to iBooks app in OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)?
Here a link to a Lynda.com tutorial:
Adding an interactive lab quiz
iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Lab Manual
with Mike Rankin