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  1. Allow Narrator to unmute the system sound device

    Narrator should check the system output device when ever it is activated. If the sound device is muted, Narrator should automatically unmute it and set the volume to a value such as 50% so that it is audible. If the sound device is working properly, Narrator should do nothing and start normally. This would be a great help when trying to work with a system where the sound was muted. By pressing Control+Windows+Enter, the screen reader starts and the sound device is unmuted and set to a relatively high volume.

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      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add Speech to Windows BIOS

      The most inaccessible part of Windows is the BIOS. There is no way for a blind person to change the BIOS by them selves and it is almost impossible to have someone on your phone read the screen that is on the bios over the phone.
      This means that I need to have someone who is comfortable with working on the innards of the computer, who I trust, following directions from someone who has no idea what they should be looking for.
      This is the only time where Narrator has an advantage over other screen readers.
      Please allow some access…

      4 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make the GitHub contribution chart accessible

        With the recent acquisition of GitHub, I am hoping Microsoft can help to make parts of it more accessible. The contribution chart in particular is a mess. It is completely keyboard inaccessible, its hit areas are too small, it offers no cues for what is interactive, its contrast is poor, it is not exposed to screen readers in any way, and it is not even responsive.

        As a coding experiment I outlined these issues and made a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant version and shared it with GitHub in the hopes they would use it:

        http://adrianroselli.com/2018/02/github-contributions-chart.html

        6 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • I’m trying to access my hotmail account. I have not been on this account for I’m not even sure how long. The password that I used for this ?

          I’m trying to get into my Hotmail account but haven’t been very successful. 4 years ago I was in a horrific accident and now I suffer from memory issues. Anyways I used the same password to get into my laptop that I used for my Hotmail account and I really need help getting my account information. Can anybody please please please help me??

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            3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add dragging capabilities into your eye gaze mouse emulation feature.

            While the eye gaze mouse emulation is decent, there is no way to drag items across the screen. For power users of Tobii Dynavox, that is a key piece. They have it built in to the software to work on Windows 7 but have now discontinued the product for 10. I have several clients who would go with a 2 and 1 computer it had the dragging feature.

            3 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • An audible alert for Notification bar

              With magnification (or even a screen reader), it is often impossible to know that the notification bar has popped up and is awaiting some response. A simple bing sound would alert users to press Alt-N to answer the question. Ideally, focus would automatically move to the notification bar.

              6 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Seeing AI on Android

                Seeing AI is a fantastic app! Please make it available on Android platform.

                29 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Gaze Speak available as download in South Africa

                  Per information on this website- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/gazespeak-1.pdf

                  You have developed an app eye gaze.

                  We have however tried all avenues to download this to assist with my father in law that due to his condition cannot speak. We live in South Africa so not sure why not available here?

                  If you could send us a link where we can download this on an I-Pad

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                    2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Windows Head Control

                    Hello Accessibility Team,

                    We wanted to reach you since we had some feedback from our customers. I am writing on behalf on Glassouse Assistive Device team and would like to share a suggestion of ours.

                    Our product is a hybrid glass-mouse using a 9-axis gyroscope to detect the head movements for dragging mouse cursors. Right now our new version of GlassOuse can be used with our highly adaptable switch control options - G-Switch Series to do the clicking actions or without them via dwell software.

                    For right clicks, drag-n-drop, scroll etc. we suggest to use a 3rd party software on…

                    4 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • not require users (disabled or otherwise) to have a cellphone number to set up a Microsoft account (as this could breach the Equality Act)

                      Through disability I do not use a cellphone (others do not due to lack of coverage) but found I couldn't set up a Microsoft Account without one and therefore couldn't activate my new copy of Microsoft Office.

                      It took and hour-long call to Microsoft's (very helpful) Accessibility Helpline just to to get my Microsoft Office activated.

                      Others might be tempted to use a friend's cellphone; thus leaving somebody else's number on file (a potential security risk).

                      Surely a company such as Microsoft cannot have missed the implications of requiring a cellphone (texts) in respect of those with disabilities and /or…

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                        2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide an option to make the mouse cursor/insertion point centered in full screen when magnified.

                        Providing an option for making the mouse cursor centered when moving around the screen would negate the need for ZoomText; additionally, I'd want the functionality to apply to centering the screen around the insertion point when typing.

                        There has already been an idea posted here:
                        https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/17819389-improve-magnification-make-it-more-apple-like

                        But it seems the "- Add an option to center the mouse in the zoom area (full screen mode)" has been ignored

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                          2 comments  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Go back to having an email contacts. Sometimes it is just a lot easier to email, especially if I want to attach a screen print.

                          Why not go back to being able to contact you by EMAIL?? Sometimes we like to attach something to explain the problem better.
                          I'm afraid you've lost the idea of "Ease of Access" or at least for help.

                          4 votes
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                          • I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

                            Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

                            36 votes
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                              17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Can you (Microsoft) please improve the GPS instructions on the Soundscape app?

                                I love the new and magnificent app, but am still struggling a little bit with it. Below are my struggles as a legally blind user:

                                1. It's too hard for me to determine from which direction my destination is by just listening to the beacon. Can you please find a better way to have the app guide me to my destination?

                                2. Can the GPS instructions be made easier to understand for the visually impaired? I can't interpret directions based on street names and numbers. I would prefer that the app tells me how to get to my destination by…

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                                • In the Accessibility Checker, on reading order: 1. provide option to auto-order starting from title and then top left to bottom right

                                  In the Accessibility Checker, on reading order warnings: Provide option to auto-order starting from title and then top left to bottom right

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                                    1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Stop forcing us oldies to accept complicated ideas

                                    Please stop blocking my e-mail by forcing acceptance of a complicated new process. I just want to be able to use my present e-mail, but the big ad on the screen won't yield.

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                                    • Add de-neo ergonomic Keyboard layout to default Windows installation

                                      Add the german "Neo ergonomisch optimiert" keyboard layout (comparable to Dvorjak which is already shipped with windows).
                                      This can be installed already by individual users, a default install would help with switching machines often or workplace machines without admin rights.
                                      http://neo-layout.org/

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                                        1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • I too have a disability

                                        I was in a horrific accident 4 years ago. I’m now paralyzed from the waist down. I have not mastered my core strength yet so I spend a lot of time laying in bed or sitting in my wheelchair. My problem is I need an idea on how to ***** my laptop on my lap so I can access the keyboard and see the screen without straining my neck. Also while I am sitting in my wheelchair I tend to fight with the issue of my laptop sliding off of my lap. Any ideas you have to help me would…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          I am so thankful you are testing the new keyboard shortcuts in narrator you are introducing in narrator that will make it more like the other screenreaders if implemented. One feature I would really like added to narrator is to place a bookmark in a webpage, like if you were listening to a long webpage or ebook Edge it could place a bookmark there so if open the browser later it would come back to the same spot where you left off. Thanks, David

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                                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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