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  1. Please allow scrreen readers to fully read Windows Runtime applications like the Cortana search box

    Apparently Microsoft just made a security decision to block any application, even a trusted screen reader, from injecting its code into any WinRT application.
    This includes Windows core components like the start menu, settings app and Microsoft Edge. This also means windows store apps as well.

    This greatly reduces accessibility in all these essential apps and in particular edit boxes. We are pretty much writing silently and there is no sound for when we misspelled something or when a suggestion comes up.
    Microsoft is moving more and more to having all their apps and components be packaged like this, so…

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    • Add alt-text options to Power BI

      Currently it's impossible to add alt-text to Power BI, which means dashboards cannot be used by visually impaired persons who rely on screen readers. It also means we cannot use the program for projects that must be ADA compliant.

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      • Make the command lines work better with screen readers, including the new Bash client for developers

        The current command line works pretty good, but there are two major problems that showed up particularly in windows 10:
        1. You need to use the review cursor to read the command line. This is OK, but not novice friendly and has always been the case.
        2. When one has "speak typed characters on" or "speak typed words on" I will hear new output spelled to me rather than read normally. This is beyond aggravating!
        Next, the new Bash client acts like the command line, but when using things like SSH, Nano or Vim, it acts a little strangely.
        For…

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        • real time captioning for Skype for Business

          Desired outcome: During a Skype for Business call, when I am sharing my screen and a presentation/desktop demo my audience can see the words I am speaking coming up in front of them on their screens (or in the IM window) so they are able to read the English and follow (imagine deaf audience for eg)

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          • Bring Siri's "What did they say" to Windows 10

            One key difference I would like to see would be to have it expand the reach of the feature. Make "What did they say" work in Edge.

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            • SP.UI.ModalDialog.showModalDialog and Accessibility issues

              SP.UI.ModalDialog.showModalDialog and Accessibility issues

              I got an opportunity to work on a SharePoint project recently. As part of this project, we had to fix accessibility issues on a SharePoint site. Here is the list of issues I found which can be made accessible out of the box. Let me know in case of any questions.

              1. Modal content gets rendered in an iframe but without title. iframe should have a title as per Accessibility Guidelines. If you don't, screen reader starts reading the source URL. I suggest you to provide the page name as title at least .

              2. It…

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              • make narrator automatically switch voice based on the language of the text

                it would be very useful if the new mobile core voices can be language aware, so that an English voice would speak English text, the Arabic one would only read Arabic text, etc.

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                • Inconsistent accessibility features in Edge and other MS apps

                  I was directed to come here by customer support. I had to install Windows 7 on a different hard drive just to post this! I have been a member of the "insider" program since February 14th 2015.
                  I have a spinal cord injury which renders my hands and arms useless. I have been disabled for 25 years. I worked with Mark Novak, at the University of Wisconsin Weisman Center, on the original Access Pack for MS-DOS and Access Pack for Windows 3.1 which is the forefather of "Ease of Access". I must use a mouthstick or voice recognition to navigate…

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                      • Add a Screen Curtin Like on IOS

                        In windows 10, especially on the Surface devices, the ability to turn off the screen has been disabled. The old method was to press windows+p to get to projector options, then arrow up to second screen only and press enter.
                        There are three reasons why having a way to turn off the screen is important:
                        1. Privacy and safety. As a blind user, we have no idea who could be looking at our screen and if we are writing some highly personal data in a public place, then we have no way to insure someone is not looking over our…

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                        • Voice commands for teachers

                          integrated voice commands in Windows 10 using Cortana, not just for accessibility but broader use, as a teacher would like to walk into a room and say, "Cortana, On Screen" then a series of events would happen to project device screen to front of the room. Say "Cortana, Blank Screen" to hide screen, in classroom say "Cortana, Show Billy's Screen" and so on. Would be many other uses for Cortana commandlets for the Internet of Things.

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                          • Give Narrator more expression.

                            I love the samples of Narrator I've heard but the speech pitch needs to rise and fall more in the speech's natural progression, the expression now is slightly robotic. Thanks for being interested in our ideas. I am a prospective Windows 10 user.

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                            • This is more of a question. In the Anniversary update several sapi voices was added so more languages is available. One of the new voices is

                              This is more of a question. In the Anniversary update several sapi voices was added so more languages is available. One of the new voices is Helle for Danish. I can use this voice in Narrator and select the other voices. If I go into speech settings in Windows Helle is also used as the text to speech voice. However both in NVDA and JAWS I cannot select Danish as language and this means I cannot use the Danish voice.

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                              • Please make Text To Speak aviable in dutch.

                                TTS in dutch for Unicersal Windows 10 and Windows 10 for phones will open much doors for people with a dissability in Belgium or The Netherlands. It will also help me a lot as developer of accessible apps in this region.

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                                • also greatly improve a magnifier as you have been doing with Narrator. It means that it will be comparable to other magnifiers on the market

                                  Magnifiers like Magic, ZoomText and Supernova have a lot of great features which Windows Magnifier in Win10 should contain. It is important because many people have problems with their sight but not enough to buy a very expensive product. On the other hand many partially sited people don't have enough money to buy these products.

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                                  • UIA should be more stable

                                    Nonvisual Desktop Access drops UIA in Windows 10 build 14361 in UWP apps and open/save file dialogs.

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                                    • Allow ASUS computer to install Windows 10

                                      I have two computes that are denied windows 10
                                      I would hope windows would rectify this so we older senior citizens could join

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                                      • Make an automatic scan mode in narator

                                        While scan mode in Narator is a brilliant feature, it currently has one limitation that I can see. This is that some users may not know what it works for and where. It would be a really good idea to make scan mode automatically engage on webpages, etc. This would prevent confusion as to where it works. Of course, it would still be possible to turn scan mode off and on again, but this feature may really help some users.

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                                        • Make edit hyperlink dialog in word 2016 navigable by keyboard

                                          In the edit hyperlink dialog in Word 2016, the following undesirable behaviour is observed:

                                          - Pressing tab to move between elements, as you move from the "link to: existing file or web page" to the "Text to display" edit box, the OK button loses it's default button status. This means when you press ENTER, you get an error ding and nothing happens. The OK button should remain default button.

                                          - As you press tab and move into "current folder tree view" (the list of files) - the first file is automatically selected and thus the URL you had previously used…

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                                            Thank you for your input. We chatted with the Word Team on these issues:
                                            • Issue 1: Fixed. This enhancement will start rolling out to Office 365 First Release and Office Insider Customers before Fall.
                                            • Issue 2: We are working on a fix for this issue now, thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to fix this issue as part of our commitment to accessibility.
                                            • Issue 3: Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to fetch the browsing history from most browsers. The team is looking into other potential improvements.

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