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  1. Eye-tracker as an assistive technology for using a mouse or other pointing devices

    I know there are many people, like myself, for whom it's hard to move mouse. Especially on long distances, like from one edge of the screen to another. And you can't speed up pointer too much because it becomes too inaccurate. Or the software, including Windows native mouse support, doesn't let you.

    An eye tracker - used only to move the pointer with blinking (e.g. twice) - could be a great help here. And it didn't even need to be precise.

    I have a muscle wasting disease (DMD). Some people with similar diseases use only mouses, other styluses or touchpads.…

    10 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Coloured icons for Office 365 dashboard tiles

      Could the Office 365 dashboard (online) icons go back to being colourful, instead of one colour as it was a great differentiator for vision impaired users.

      8 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 3 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Accessibility checker marks decorative images as missing alt text.

          Can you provide a method for marking an image decorative? Right now we are often told to use a space in place of alt text but that's not an ideal user experience.

          2 votes
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            4 comments  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • I have extremely low vision (nearly 0% central vision).

            I have extremely low vision (nearly 0% central vision). However, I have been working on a PC just by personalizing the Windows' theme and appearances (changing the font sizes and colors of desktop, menu, selected items, taskbar, Active window Title bar etc), i.e., without using any of the so called "Accessibility" features. I don't need the special "High Contrast" (Inverted Colors) theme meant for people like me. One of the many reasons for this being its incompatibility with many application softwares. Personalizing all the appearances and theme had been quite simple in Windows '98 up to Windows XP. However, it…

            3 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Windows High Contrast  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve screenreader access of Skype for Business

              Skype for Business is curretnly very verbose with a screenreader and has limited keyboard shortcuts. Explore ways to imporve EG don't read out title of conversaton window as arrow between each line in a conversation; make it faster and more reliable to mute and unmute self and to review and manage status of others in a meeting. Make it easier and more consistent to fidn and join meeting from within the applicaton (at the moment join via Outlook meeting is more reliable with a screenreader).

              2 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • JAWS screen reader unable to identify voting buttons in Outlook 2016

                Find a way to alert screen readers that voting buttons exist when reading an email in Outlook 2016.

                4 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 1 vote
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                    2 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • add support for changing the pronunciation of the screen reader

                    A great deal of screen reader users want to change the pronunciation of certain words to specific applications and synthesizers. You should do this for the windows narrator.

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                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve Skype Accessibility on the desktop versions of Skype for Mac and Windows

                      Skype version 8 is horrible for screen reader users. The new web interface is very sluggish and extremely difficult to navigate and use with VoiceOver on the mac or a Windows screen reader. Please either revert back to Skype 7 which had a much better UI or significantly improve the accessibility of these new versions.
                      I will continue using Skype 7 on macOS and Windows until they either stop working or the accessibility of the new versions returns to the state it was in Skype 7.

                      2 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Collaborating with Microsoft Word

                        I am blind need to collaborate on documents with other Office 365 users.
                        When I share a document with another person who makes changes, I can’t see the changes. Sighted people can see the changes that the person makes. I would like Microsoft to expose the changes to Screen readers or make them accessible out of the box.

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • I suggest you to introduce a special theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is

                          I suggest you to introduce a new special windows theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is larger font sizes and white text on black background. It was very easy to change all the appearances in Windows XP and older versions. However, in newer versions like windows 7, 10 etc. , the blind user has to depend on others to change the appearances in order to begin using the computer. therefore, it would be highly beneficial if an accessibility button is introduced on the desktop so that a user…

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Key Binding

                            When purchasing a windows 8 computer, you will see some keys that don't work anymore on the windows 10 operating system. Please add a bind keys option to assign keys on the keyboard to do a action or open a app

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                              2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • More and advanced mouse settings (speed and acceleration)

                              Hi.

                              It would be helpful if there were more mouse settings in Windows - not only in software provided by mouse manufacturer. A possibility to set speed and acceleration to nearly whatever value you need.

                              And why do I think it's important?

                              There are many people very used to their mouses. To the point when they can't use any other (or can't find any). Sometimes it happens when a person has a disease that changes his or her anatomy. Not every software provides needed options and some old mouses' software doesn't even work anymore.

                              It would be just a possibility…

                              3 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • DO IT CORRECTLY!!!!

                                I AM DISABLED AND THEY DID NOTHING TO GET MY COMPUTER FIXED CORRECTLY AGAIN!

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                                • 1 vote
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                                    1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • It would be wonderful if we could get a way to completely disable the monitor on laptops (like windows+p used to do on 7).

                                    All available options currently turn the screen off, but any key press brings it back. Keeping the screen completely turned off is great for us blind users who don't use it at all, since it offers privacy, saves battery, and means we don't need to change brightness settings whenever somebody else needs to use the machine.

                                    17 votes
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                                    • Cheaper Xbox 360 controllers, my son stop working and can't afford to get him one sad but true

                                      When ppl r going through hard times and a 360 controller cost almost the same as the system that's bad I'm going to get him a new system one day but can't replace an controller for an old Xbox right away it's sad cause his upset I'm upset cause I can't do it till we get on our feet. Thank you, lost mom

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                                        2 comments  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • The Superlity Eminence of Microsoft is "beyond comparison".

                                        Should be more easy for layman and that's all.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • support using the touchpad to perform screen reader tasks

                                          The Apple ecosystem has a touchpad that supports multiple touches. This is called Trackpad. The viewing panel provides support for performing some of the screen reader commands. Slide your finger to the left and right to give the previous item and next item commands. Rotor movement etc. Some modern computers have a multi-touch touchpad. I think touch movements can be programmed. these programming techniques should be used for the narrator.
                                          you should allow the use of the mouse surface to control the screen reader instead of reading the mouse cursor. so that some navigation movements can be used with one…

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