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  1. A Utility For Identifying Words With Multiple Spellings That Sound the Same

    As a blind writer and editor, my biggest challenge is homonyms and homophones. Current tools allow me to proof for all other aspects of copy, but not this one. Grammar check catches selected ones like it’s verses its, which is helpful. What would be ideal, is a utility that flags every word in a document that is a homonym or homophone, pops up a window with very brief definitions, and lets you verify which spelling you want. It would also be helpful if you could enter exceptions, words you’re confident you already know, in order to streamline the process. Of…

    9 votes
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    • Narrator on 64-bit systems should be able to use 32-bit TTS voices

      Currently, on 64-bit Windows, Narrator can use only TTS voices that have 64-bit support. Most (if not all) newer voices do have 64-bit support. But there are older TTS voices, that have only 32-bit support. They can be installed on 64-bit Windows and used by programs that support them. But Narrator on 64-bit Windows does not support them and can't use them. The ideal solution would be to ask the developers of the TTS voices in question to add 64-bit support to them. But most of those TTS voices are abandoned (no longer developed) and the chance to get an…

      6 votes
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      • Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

        It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

        What about head-tracker users?
        What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
        What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
        What about switch users?

        Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

        7 votes
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        • narrator on log on screen

          as of now, narrator only starts after typing the password. but I wish, it should launch automatically on log on screen too. I've already enabled start narrator automatically under setting>ease up access center.

          5 votes
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          • 5 votes
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            • problem in font size symbol fetcher in win 10 creators update

              There was a fetcher that allowed the enlargement of the font symbols...i would like it to be back, the fact that there is a magnifier does not solve this problem. some of the people do not need magnifier at all only the enlargement of the font under the symbol

              5 votes
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              • Shading for outlook all day events needs to be darker so I can clearly see I am busy

                Make all day event in a darker shade or different colour so I don't double book myself

                6 votes
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                • an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded

                  the ability for win pe /win re to have an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded
                  I believe this would be very useful to people like me who don't have any site.

                  4 votes
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                  • Add a pronunciation dictionary to Narrator

                    This is a feature that is found in all the other major screen readers. Narrator should include a pronunciation dictionary to customize how the speech synthesizer pronounces certain words if the default pronunciation is incorrect. This is usually done by entering the correct spelling of the word followed by a misspelled version that is pronounced correctly by the TTS voice. Whenever Narrator encounters the correct spelling of the word, it will speak it using the custom pronunciation rule.

                    6 votes
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                    • the ability for narrator to work in windows PE

                      as of yet narrator does not function when running windows pe.
                      example of this, make a recovery drive boot from the drive press control plus windows plus enter narrator does not work.
                      thanks for considdering my request

                      4 votes
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                      • Learning Tools

                        Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

                        10 votes
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                        • Please speak the keyboard typing in your tutorials of microsoft virtual academy.

                          .Microsoft virtual academy is a very useful service for learning. But the blind people cannot understand it easily. I request you to speak keyboard commands and typing on the keyboard. Thanks

                          4 votes
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                          • Alt+Tab with Narrator is not smooth.

                            When alt+tab is pressed, I expect to hear the program name I switched to.

                            Instead, I hear one of "Running Programs", "Running Applications" or
                            "Task Switching", depending on how many times I press tab.
                            After I hear one of these, I then hear the name of the program. I suggest trying to make this a bit more seemless.

                            19 votes
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                            • Flag Windows store apps that are particularly accessible.

                              I don't want to purchase or even install a ton of apps only to find I won't be able to read their screens with narrator. Can Microsoft give apps that are especially accessible an award or something so I can search for just those?

                              12 votes
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                              • que el servicio answer desk disabilty sea en el idioma de cada pais

                                conozco el idioma ingles, pero no se muchas palabras el significado...entoces resulta que al iniciar una conversacion o un texto no encuentro las palabras...por favor alguien me puede ayudar...gracias por leer este mensaje...ruego respuesta...jose.

                                6 votes
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                                • Request for interview

                                  My wife and I are the hosts and producers of "Eyes On Success" which is a radio show / podcast geared to visual impairment that has been airing for over 6 years. We would like to arrange an interview with a representative from MS about the new "Seeing AI" app. We would also be interested in interviewing a visually impaired developer from MS and/or a representative who might be able to talk more globally about accessibility efforts for the visually impaired at MS.

                                  You can find out more about us and/or listen to previous episodes (including an interview with a…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • for narrator to have more voices like microsoft mark

                                    it would be great if narrator had more nachural sounding voices like microsoft mark clear, crisp and easy to understand
                                    microsoft mark seembs to be more responsive compared to the other voices.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Make Windows10 free for everyone. Keep it simple. Am disabled, got talked out of the Free download.

                                      I have an energy deficit disorder. About to give up on the complexity and jargon of Windows and go to Linux if I cant get Windows10 free. It will not download when I tick assistive technologies box. Also I cant get into my microsoft account here and get sent round in circles. I feel like sending a snailmail as this is all so stupidly difficult.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Office 2016

                                        Working on a Surface Pro with Windows 10 and excel 2016 I find it crashes whilst using a pivot table and restores with a new file but as a blind user it doesn't Inform me of this. I have tried both Jaws 18 and Narrator in creators update.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • The bulgarian voice IVAN spells out unknown words written in latin text

                                          The bulgarian voice IVAN, available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview, spells (pronounces character by character) some words. In my observations, those are the words which are written in latin characters but are not strictly in english. For example - my name is Kostadin Kolev and IVAN spells it out character by character, instead of reading the two words as whole words.

                                          2 votes
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