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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.…

    8 votes
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      2 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.

      7 votes
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        1 comment  ·  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 →
        • 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…

          3 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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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              1 comment  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  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.

              2 votes
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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.

                13 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  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…

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

                    Since the new fall creators update is out can you please update the keyboard shortcuts list for narrator.

                    3 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • have a useable phone number!!!! Answer letters sent to the President - 10 - no reply!!!

                      get Microsoft to furnish a working phone number. get the president to answer a letter - 10 sent - no reply to any. starting in Jan. 2017 up to Nov, 2017 - a user is an annoyance at Microsoft, except to send money.

                      2 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Letting screenreaders read the Settings information

                        Some details or information on the Settings screen cannot be read by a screenreader. Some way, it has to be expressed that the data has to be accessed. It just can't be read by either Narrator, the screenreader or the JAWS mode. Was trying to find my "Last Backup date" and it only gave me buttons to backup and such, though the information was there on that same page.

                        6 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make edge work with Dragon Naturally Speaking

                          Many people rely on Dragon Naturally speaking to access there PC. Edge has no support for Dragon so is not usable, the only option is to revert to Internet Explorer.

                          Either Edge needs to support Speech recognition programs or Internet Explorer needs to continue to be supported. Otherwise a community of people will not be able to use MS products to access the internet.

                          3 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • what about more control!

                            Don't make it too difficult for other folks

                            4 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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. :)

                              17 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Use TTS voice in accordance with installation locale, instead of the english voice

                                I've noticed today that if installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in bulgarian, Narrator starts with the english voice Zira. Not only that, but it is the only voice available to select in Narrator until the first restart during the installation process. After the machine restarts for the first time during the installation process, the bulgarian voice "Ivan" is available to select and use in Narrator. Yes, but at that stage half of the installation has passed inaccessibly, because only an english voice can be used and the UI is in bulgarian, making it unreadable with Narrator. In my opinion,…

                                3 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • debee@jfcl.com

                                  Unable to create fully accessible handouts

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                                    2 comments  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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…

                                    13 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • allow people to downlaod apps without the microsoft acount

                                      Allowing people to download apps without having a Microsoft acount

                                      2 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Don't change the magnifier window to the magnifying glass icon when the window loses focus.

                                        I suggest leaving the magnifier window as is and not changing it to the magnifying glass icon when the window looses focus.

                                        The icon is too hard to find.

                                        Also: it takes extra clicks to change the zoom, because you have to un-iconify the window first.

                                        If people want the window out of the way they can always minimise it themselves.

                                        2 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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

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