Support for HTML Delivery

About: We are currently converting Flash based areas of Surpass to HTML5, ahead of the removal of Flash support at the end of 2020. HTML tests in Surpass already offer a range of advanced functionality that is not found in Flash tests. 
This article aims to support you in deciding whether you can move your tests over to HTML, and understanding any issues you might face in doing this.

About HTML Delivery

The HTML delivery method allows the delivery of HTML5 tests through a web browser and in SecureClient. Tests delivered in HTML must contain HTML compatible items and have the HTML Delivery test setting applied. The table below outlines current Surpass functionality that is either not supported in HTML, or is supported with limitations. You can find further explanation of this in the 'Details' column. The table is arranged by area of the system for ease of reference and the information found here is updated after each release. 
Area of Surpass Flash-only functionality Restricted HTML functionality Details
Item Authoring Fill in the blank item type This item type will not be converted to HTML. You can use the HTML Short Answer 'Advanced' mode functionality to create gap-fill style questions.
Select from a list item type
Equation Entry item type

Table item type   You can add answer boxes to a table using the HTML Numerical Entry 'Advanced' mode functionality.
Spreadsheet item type This item type will not be converted directly into HTML. You can now use our spreadsheet simulator in the File Attach question in BYOD SecureClient. Speak to your Account Manager for more information.
Essay item type The Diagram Creator is unsupported in the HTML Essay item.

The HTML formatting toolbar is incompatible with the ‘Set a maximum number of characters for candidate’s response’ setting. This setting has no effect in delivery for HTML Essay items with the formatting toolbar enabled, meaning candidates can exceed the limit. The HTML formatting toolbar is also incompatible with Internet Explorer.
Assistive Media
SWF files (source material/ media)
As an alternative for HTML, you can create URL source material for tests that have an internet connection. For tests that do not use an internet connection, you can now use an HTML Package to deliver different forms of media as source material in SecureClient.
Candidate Feedback
Test Wizard
Test Wizard
behaviour differs
between Mixed 
and HTML 
You can also set
up Learning/
Summative tests
using HTML
compatible items,
then apply the 
'Deliver in HTML
Delivery' test 
setting in Test
Learning tests You can create similar, HTML versions of most of this test type in Test Creation by selecting the relevant test settings.  
Formative tests You can create similar, HTML versions of most of this test type in Test Creation by selecting the relevant test settings.  
Summative tests You can create similar, HTML versions of most of this test type in Test Creation by selecting the relevant test settings.  
Paper and Onscreen tests

SecureClient delivery HTML tests for SecureClient cannot be created solely in Test Wizard. This is because the test must have ‘Requires SecureClient’ enabled in test settings.

Random selection of items from folders   Dynamic rules for HTML tests must be set up in Test Creation.

Forward only test style Test setting can be applied in Test Creation.
Test Creation
Computer Based Project test type
Although HTML Computer Based Projects can becreated in Test Creation, they act as normal tests with a timer of 100 hours in the HTML test driver. Attempting to exit the test does not give the same options as Flash to resume later or submit.

Tablet Delivery The SurpassDelivery app is needed for secure tablet delivery, and this does not support HTML content. However, you can deliver HTML tests on a tablet using HTML browser delivery. 
Show Test Progress:
Marks based % bar
Enable Candidate Logging This is not available for HTML Web Delivery.
Test Creation
Test Profiles
Display Report
Test Creation
Test Forms
Unlock Section (Section Properties) This setting works in Flash SecureClient only.
Allow Close Without Submit
Test Feedback

Summary feedback at the 'End of test' is supported with Pass/Fail or Percentage Mark in HTML delivery.

Summary feedback and Review Answers at the 'End of section' and 'End of section & test' are only supported in HTML delivery in tests using timed sections.

Printable Summary, Show Candidate Details, Display Feedback by Learning Outcome and Show View Feedback Button are all unavailable in HTML tests.
Test Details - Scale Score Uploader

Score Reports are not supported in HTML tests.

Package test 

HTML package test (web folder)  
  • Internet speed check does not work
  • Test Name and customer logo do not display
  • Progress bar is not displayed
  • Completed questions are not shown on the question numbers 
This setting works fully in Flash when packaged from the Test Forms. 
Test Driver
Confirm Details Window ULN is absent in HTML tests.
Test Driver
Test Delivery
Feedback button Candidate Feedback is not available in HTML tests.

Logging candidate responses on a calculator. Logging candidate responses on a calculator are not available in HTML web delivery.

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