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  1. Make Mouse Keys work in Edge

    Accessibility feature Mouse Keys does not work in Edge (and UWP apps with edge html engine). There is no reaction on click (5 key on numpad) or double click (+ key on numpad) in page area. Browser toolbars are only clickable with mouse keys area of the browser.

    10 votes

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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. This was reported to us earlier by another user through another forum. Therefore, we have this situation under investigationand indevelopement for a fix. We will keep you up to date as to the progress and fix date for this issue.

    In the future, if you have any other issues, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  2. Azure portal accessibility issues

    The following problems in relation to Azure Portal accessibility have been encountered when using this UI with Jaws for windows 18 and NVDA 2016. Both Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome were also tested.


    1. the link to add subnets is not properly labeled.

    2. It is no longer possible to select the location.

    3. When pressinbg E, instead of looking for the last edit field Jaws telling me I'm not in a table.

    4. Drop downs are not accessible. The lookup window isn't accessible.

    5. Adding a site to site connection on the virtual network gateway. Unable to select a local network gateway. The blade…
    9 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello Ralph,

    Thank yo for reaching out to us with your valuable feedback. We definately appreciate your detailed feedback. This will be pased on to one of our Product Managares Once we recieve information on remediation efforts or when the fix will be published, we will post it here on this forum as a comment in response to the posting.

    Thank you again for contacting us; and in the future, if we can be of help with any issue, question, or suggestion in regards to accessibility, please let us know.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  3. Provide day of week information when navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016.

    When navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016 recent builds, the screen reader will announce the dates, but not the actual day of the week. JAWS used to do this before they switched to providing the information directly from outlook.

    9 votes

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    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. In order to serve you better, can you tell us what version of Outlook you’re using such as Mac or Windows 32 or 64-bit, and what version of Jaws or other screen reader that you are using? That will allow us to get this issue to the appropriate product manager to get this resolved for you.

    Again, thank you for contacting us; and we will do our best to resolve this for you.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  4. Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

    Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

    14 votes

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    Hello Hari Dhoundiyal ,

    Thank you for contacting the Disability Answer Desk about your concern with Narrator. Can you give us some more detail as to when it does not alternate in between screen and editing mode? This would help us improve the software to make it user friendly.

    Thank you for contacting us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

  5. Improve contrast/color schemes for Microsoft Office 2010 and newer

    The ribbon menus need another option that provides more contrast and easier to see icons for Low-Vision users. The current shades of gray, and small size are very frustrating for our low-vision students. We really miss the Office 2003 menu styles and color schemes which provided greater contrast.

    36 votes

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    Hi Cheryl,

    Thank you for contacting us at the disability Answer Desk with this concern. We are currently tacking this concern as it’s been brought up concerning some of our other products. In the meantime, we are following up with our Product Managers to get an ETA of when a solution will be implemented. When we receive more information, we will post it here first.

    Thank you again for reaching out to us for your accessibility related concerns.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer desk Team.

  6. 9 votes

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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out regarding your concern. We are currently working on making Visual Studio more accessible. Therefore I’ll forward your issue on to our product teams for further consideration. In the meantime, updates will be posted on this forum.

    Thank you for contacting us.

    The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

  7. Remove the compromise between keyboard and controler on XBox with Narrator

    I recently purchased an Xbox console. Here are my thoughts on the experiences so far and I think an underlying theme of where accessibility breaks and needs to improve. I am really passionate about making this a good console for users, so opening dialog up about this is critical. That's why I was super excited when I purchased my console a few weeks ago, a moment where I was confident that at least I'm getting some out-of-box accessibility solutions and a company dedicated to their mission.

    First, the biggest issue with Narrator, as it stands, is this controller-keyboard compromise I…

    8 votes

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  8. Add the Check Accessibility feature to the free Office Online apps

    Check Accessibility is a great feature. It should be available to users of the free Office Online apps.

    16 votes

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  9. Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

    Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

    7 votes

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  10. Outlook Fixed Zoom for Reading Pane

    When viewing Outlook in the "Compact View", please fix the zoom slider so that one can set it to a specific zoom instead of having to adjust the slider for each email.

    I have found a macro that I can use to fix the zoom in emails I open, but it is easier to just view many of them in the reading pane.

    6 votes

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  11. Make shapes accessible to keyboard users in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc

    Currently, in Office programs, when shapes are added to a document:

    Word: alt+n, sh, then choose a shape.
    Excel: alt+n, zi,sh, then choose a shape.

    The shapes themselves are identified, which is great, but as soon as you choose one, you need to use the mouse to insert it.

    Many screen readers provide a way of partly manipulating the mouse (eg press numpad slash to left click with NVDA), it is impossible to accurately position the item and resize it. Please include the ability to use the keyboard to accomplish this.

    15 votes

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  12. Create new Outlook rule action to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts

    Please create new Outlook rule action option to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts.

    8 votes

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  13. Windows 10 Backup drive selection appears white on white in dark mode

    In Windows 10 Backup (WINDOWS+i then update and security then backup). When "Add a drive" is chosen, a menu appears with all attached suitable backup drives. If Windows "app mode" is set to dark (Settings - personalisation - colors - choose an app mode), then the list of backup drives appears white on white.

    7 votes

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  14. Creating new lists for mail merges is not accessible

    I like to use the Mail Merge feature in Microsoft Word. When I attempt to create a new list with the Alt+M,R,N key tip or edit an existing list with the alt+M,
    R,E key tip, I get an accessible dialog box. When I tab through the fields. I don't get an indication of what fields I'm editing. Also, the buttons to add new entries, cancel and ok buttons aren't in the tab order.

    6 votes

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  15. 3 votes

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  16. Use background color to distinguish buttons in high-contrast themes

    The default high-contrast themes do not make use of the option to set a background color for buttons. Instead, they rely on the fact that default button styling includes a border, and set that border to the button text color. Buttons are thereby visually distinguished as text surrounded by a border. Some of the default high-contrast themes also use a different text color for buttons, but not all.

    This creates a problem when these styles are applied to websites in MS Edge. Many modern websites do not use border styles on buttons, instead relying on the background color, rounded corners,…

    9 votes

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  17. 3D audio events

    Hi, I'd like it if Narrator's audio events were 3d, so that we could know where things are on the screen as we move to them. This could also include progress bars, updating from left to right, as it is visually.

    8 votes

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  18. Windows 10 violates

    FTR'' I love the new win10. Windows 10 violates good Old fashion privacy, on one note am on my Own Time, not on yours . I CANT STOP YOU FORM UPDATEING '' I Ask one Thing and one Thing ONLY, give the People A Voice to Vote ! on this Yes/ for you. No/ I will updated on my own time. Ps this was just on my chest had to get it off. Thanks for your time, keep up the good work to "all of you" making Microsoft for what it is to day and for tomorrow...

    5 votes

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  19. Add customizability to narrator output options

    TL:DR
    -Control voice speed by words per minute instead of arbitrary % value

    -Highlight each word as it's voiced. Allow pausing, rewind (e.g. 10 words, 1 sentence.) and skipping ahead. Read mode where successive paragraphs are immediately started after the previous completes itself.

    -More options to enable or disable actions which cause voice output (e.g. don't read paragraphs/only read paragraphs on screen, not windows names etc.)

    Hi,

    I think narrator is really excellent and you've done a great job making it. Thanks!

    I have some suggestions for features, I expect they may be considered already, but I think they would…

    9 votes

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  20. give me a live voice to talk with

    i need to talk to a person not a machine

    6 votes

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