Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

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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.

    114 votes
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  2. make the BeeLine Reader plugin available for Microsoft Word.

    I currently use the BeeLine Reader plugin for my browser, which helps making dense text passages easier to read. As a legal professional, I would really like to be able to utilize this feature in Microsoft Word but I was told that the plugin architecture does not support BeeLine. Would you please consider adding it? Thank you!

    101 votes
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  3. 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…

    40 votes
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  4. 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.

    21 votes
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  5. 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.

    21 votes
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  6. Accessibility Features for Publisher

    I am working in Publisher 2010 (Part of MS Office Professional Plus 2010) and I am looking for resources on creating accessible content. I noticed that there is no accessibility checker. Also, even when I used defined parts like "Headings" and then export to a PDF, those tags are not preserved. I was considering upgrading to the new publisher but I don't see any signs that that has those features either. I am very well versed in using the accessibility features and creating accessible content from Word and PPT, so I was expecting the same functionality in Publisher.

    It seems…

    12 votes
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  7. 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.

    9 votes
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  8. Collaborating with Microsoft Word

    I am blind need to collaborate on documents with other Office 365 users.
    When I share a document with another person who makes changes, I can’t see the changes. Sighted people can see the changes that the person makes. I would like Microsoft to expose the changes to Screen readers or make them accessible out of the box.

    9 votes
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  9. 7 votes
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  10. 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.

    6 votes
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  11. in office 365 word, it would be great if there were schemes for sertain types of writing within pellchecker. this would allow, for exa

    in word office 365, there could be schemes set up so not all documents are spell checked in the same way. there could be schemes for informal writing, such as a story, where characters don't speak the most concise english, as well as formal writing spell and grammer check too. this would enable users to customise the spellchecker to the task at hand.

    6 votes
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  12. Eye Dropper

    Could you add the eye dropper feature to Word?

    5 votes
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  13. Office for Mac - No Alt Key Shortcuts

    I'm an assistive technology instructor for the visually impaired. I have the opportunity of teaching my students on Windows as well as MacOS, whichever they are comfortable with. In my recent experiences with Office for Mac, not just Word, I am noticing that there are no "alt key" shortcuts like there are in Windows. For example, on Windows, I can tell my student to press Alt+h, 7 to change between the different cases; or Alt + n, t to bring up the Insert Table user interface.

    Building this functionality into Office for Mac would be a huge benefit for users…

    5 votes
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  14. Publish a quick start book for Windows 10 and Office Apps

    I'm looking for a book with basic instructions on how to use Word and Outlook. I know it is available in the website but a printed material will be better for someone who cannot use the computer for a long time.

    5 votes
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  15. i think that word should be free to all windows 10 users

    since we are using windows 10 I think that word should be free to the users. A lot of us love using it but since you have to pay a lot of money which most of us can not do for many reasons I think that it should be free for everyone on windows 10

    5 votes
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  16. 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…

    4 votes
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  17. 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!!

    4 votes
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  18. Report for disability deaf

    hi microsoft, im trutly deaf with 2 hearing impair, i have been report twice someone who really rude, and it still didnt work. So how am i supposed to do when someone really rude? if you dont anything for disability deaf or normal disability or cancer childern in many world. What are you going to about it. So please help us we have been pleased... Help us Microsoft

    4 votes
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  19. MS word should allow connectivity to an embosser

    MS Word has a braille font which changes text into braille. Unfortunately MS word does not connect to an embosser so teachers cannot print out documents for their blind students to allow them access the document in braille. Currently, teachers need to cut text from Word documents and copy it into another software program called Duxbury which allows braille to be sent to the embosser. I would like Microsoft to be more inclusive and allow for better translation of text to braille and embossing.

    4 votes
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  20. In the Accessibility Checker, on reading order: 1. provide option to auto-order starting from title and then top left to bottom right

    In the Accessibility Checker, on reading order warnings: Provide option to auto-order starting from title and then top left to bottom right

    4 votes
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