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  1. Fix bug that stops Accessible Word docs creating inaccessible PDFs when exported

    If an accessible Word document is exported to PDF the resulting PDF won't allow reflow on any page that contains an image. Image-free pages will reflow in Adobe Reader allowing visually impaired readers to read at a high magnification, but pages containing images simply spill off the screen, condemning the VI reader to significant left-right scrolling.

    103 votes
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  2. Highlighting Colours

    Hello, I am a frequent user of Microsoft word and have recently realized that your selection of highlighting colours is quite limited. I am suggesting you should included a wider variety of colours such as an orange or even some pastel variety similar to what are available on Microsoft one note. being a student i am often having to highlight documents and am constantly limited with my selection of highlighting colours as you do not provide a simple colour such as orange. I think this would be an easy addition to your program and would assist many students like myself…

    38 votes
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  3. Switch Rows and Columns for Insert Table Menu

    In Word, under Insert -> Table, a table with three rows and two columns is listed as a "2x3 Table," but the standard for matrices (math) is to list rows and then columns (3x2 Table) , and I think it should be the same for tables in Word.

    3 votes
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  4. Get accessibility checker to warn about links that don't have descriptive text

    It would be great if the accessibility checker warned about links that have been inserted as the URL address (https://blah.com/etc/etc/etc.com) instead of being replaced by descriptive text.

    19 votes
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  5. Why is the Style Gallery missing from Word in Office 365 for the web? This greatly REDUCES the possibility of creating accessible documents.

    Heading styles are key to accessible documents and are used to provide a navigable structure used by screenreaders and to create TOCs, Bookmarks when exported to Pdf, etc. However the style gallery is missing so documents will be created without heading styles and thus will be inaccessible. You can only apply heading styles if have prior knowledge of them and know the shortcuts. Schoolkids learning to use Word will be learning to create inaccessible documents. This is a massive step BACKWARDS for inclusion and accessibility. Also makes teaching staff/students to create accessible documents significantly more difficult. It makes the MIcrosoft…

    2 votes
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  6. Bright red Standard Text Color has poor color contrast ratio

    In the Font section of MS Office is a Text Color dropdown with a row of “Standard Colors”. People often want some bright red text to highlight their words, and they usually choose the second-to-the left red color (RGB: 255:0:0). There is also the option of the left-most red (RGB: 192:0:0), but it’s too dull for a highlight, so people don’t use it. Unfortunately, the “255” red color only has a color contrast ratio of 4.0:1, which is below the WCAG 2.0 required ratio of 4.5:1. Could you change the “255” color in this row of “Standard Colors” to a…

    2 votes
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  7. Get accessibility checker to warn about text that has been formatted with manually created styles

    Is it possible to make the accessibility checker warn users when they create new styles to format text, instead of using (or modifying) the built in word styles?
    - as manually created styles, eg. headings, can't be recognised by screen readers.

    20 votes
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  8. Okay, maybe not, strictly speaking, accessibility, but nowhere else on the MS website is there access to a suggestion box. Get this: The thr

    Okay, maybe not, strictly speaking, accessibility, but nowhere else on the MS website is there access to a suggestion box. Get this: The threads in the Community about this all end up with an error message. What are you trying to tell us?
    I've used Word for, oh 25 years? The latest version has dropped certain time saving steps in favor of, well, keeping my mouse busy. How doth thou annoy us. Wouldn't a services company want to know how to better serve? I'm a doctor and I send out feedback forms real time. Please pass this up the chain…

    2 votes
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  9. Work with MS to offer my Assistive Technology hardware and software

    I have developed, since 1983, hardware and software to make PC's/Windows accessible to people with even the slightest control, to completely control their computer. I wish to get in touch with someone at MS that can help to allow me to offer my products in MS Store and online.

    2 votes
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  10. Optional switch between the ribbon and "old" drop down menus and toolbars

    Each time I use Word and Excel, I long for the demise of the "ribbon" and the return of plain, normal drop down menus and customisable tool bars. These were far more accessible, and still the norm in many none Microsoft applications.

    Please replace the ribbon in all Office applications with traditional drop down menus and icons, or make it option. I use a specialist trackerball, often with difficulty due to hand and arm coordination difficulties, so ask Microsoft to make this change.

    8 votes
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  11. 2 votes
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  12. 2 votes
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  13. The legally blind need large tablets yet you do not have a read-only Word for large tablets larger than 10.1".

    Provide a Word read-only program for large tablets (10.5") and is compatible with the Apple files management system. I am trying to load a large collection of hymn texts and psalms on an Ipad Third Generation Air for a nun who is legally blind and needs 36 point type. We want "read-only." The texts are too large to use Apple pages; they make the files 40 times larger. It seems you make a Word app for smaller tablets, please expand it to larger ones. It will greatly aid the visually impaired.

    2 votes
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  14. NEW VOICES

    I would like to have more choices than the 3 voices offered. I am blind and rely on speaking voices every day. I can’t afford to buy new add-Ins but would like a few more choices built in.
    Please help!!

    2 votes
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  15. I cann ot receive text messages. I cannot receive text messages to get text codes. I cannot receive tech support by inputting text codes.

    Verbal voice codes for those of us who cannot, cannot receive text messages on our phones. No text codes!!!!

    2 votes
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  16. Eye Dropper

    Could you add the eye dropper feature to Word?

    3 votes
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  17. WordWeb

    Sou T.E em um colégio onde temos estudante de inclusão que utilizam o word web

    Portanto gostaria de solicitar se possível desenvolver uma opção em que ao pressionar uma tecla do alfabeto é reproduzido o som da letra teclada

    Ex: ao Pressionar A é sai o som da letra A

    2 votes
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  18. Problems creating accessible pdfs with Word 2016 on a mac.

    I have problems creating accessible pdfs from Word 2016 on my mac. The document passes the accessibility checker, but the pdf does not have correct formatting - text is on top of each other.

    I contact the Disability Support desk and they want me to contact Adobe, but I see the problem in Acrobat Pro and in Preview on my mac so I believe the problem is in how the pdf is created by Word. Have others had this problem?

    2 votes
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  19. Grammar check improvement

    When I type person-first language in Microsoft word (e.g. persons who are blind) it flags the phrase as "too wordy." Please integrate person-first language into your grammar check algorithm so it stops flagging my person-first language. Thanks!

    2 votes
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  20. Keyboard options needed

    Would love to see a new ergo keyboard designed for those who are visually impaired. I love my Microsoft wave keyboard but because I’m visually impaired it’s sometimes tough to use. Would love to see a version of it that is accessible.

    2 votes
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