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  1. Focusable elements should fire focus event / receive :focus styling when they receive Narrator/accessibility focus

    This issue relates to a current inconsistency among different AT, particularly evident on touchscreen devices. See https://patrickhlauke.github.io/touch/tests/results/#mobile-tablet-touchscreen-assistive-technology-events / https://twitter.com/patrick_h_lauke/status/788496138966106112

    In iOS/VoiceOver/Safari, when a focusable element (link, button...but some special casing seems to happen for text entry fields and similar) receives VO focus, the JavaScript focus event is fired and CSS :focus styles apply. In most other OS/AT/browser combinations, this is currently not the case - accessibility focus does not trigger focus() / :focus.

    This has been brought up in the past with Mozilla with regards to Android/TalkBack/Firefox (xref https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1000082) and just now with Google for Android/TalkBack/Chrome (xref https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=657157)

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    • Add the ability to use insert or caps lock in Narrator

      I'd like to see an option under Narrator's general settings pane to use caps lock, numpad insert or extended insert as the Narrator modifyer key. For some reason, I'm finding that only using caps lock as modifyer to be a bit wonky. Indeed, I'm coming from Jaws and NVDA, so this may be a newby's foyble, but this would make my transition that much more smooth.

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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello,

        THis is an interesting request. It makes sense in that it would make the transition from JAWS or NVDA easier for users. We’ll pass this on to our product team and let you know when this becomes available.

        Thank you for your input; and in the future, if you have any issues, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.

        Sincerely,

        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

      • 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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        • Flag Windows store apps that are particularly accessible.

          I don't want to purchase or even install a ton of apps only to find I won't be able to read their screens with narrator. Can Microsoft give apps that are especially accessible an award or something so I can search for just those?

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          • The ability to change my working background (in Word, Outlook and Excel)

            Hi,
            I used to be able to change the colour of my background in the Personalisation option from the Desktop. It allowed me to choose any colour I liked for my page and text in Word, Outlook and Excel. It was wonderful and I used to share this feature with users I trained using AT since it was a free adaptation that made a huge difference.

            I have always said, you would never spend all day looking at a bright white light, and yet we do, by looking at a bright white piece of paper in Word.

            This is hugely…

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              Hello,

              Thanks for contacting us about this. We are currently looking into this and will give you updates on this as soon as made available.

              In the meantime, have you tried the following as a potential solution?

              Try these options for the user:

              There are two ways to set high contrast to reduce eye-strain and improve readability. Please try one of these and let us know your feedback as to whether this resolved your issues or not.
              1. Office themes, a “mild mannered” solution, where you can choose a theme with better contrast
              a. Shortcut Press L Alt+ L Shift + Print Screen; talked about in: https://blogs.office.com/2016/05/19/accessibility-enhancements-in-office-365-for-people-with-vision-impairments/
              2. High contrast in Windows, the “real thing”, which they set in the Ease of Access center
              a. Turn high contrast mode on or off in Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/ece8e1d7-1a7c-473c-a0f4-3c9d66fee295/turn-high-contrast-mode-on-or-off-in-windows

              Sincerely,

              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

            • 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.

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              • 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.

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                    Hi Neil,

                    Thank you for getting in touch with us with your suggestion.

                    I understand that you want to see more user controls over Windows 7 themes. Can you provide us some additional detail with regards to what you are looking for, such as what elements you would like to see more control over and what that may look like (i.e. additional colors, user customization of colors for specific elements, etc.)?

                    Again, thank you for your comment as it’s very valuable to us to make our products more accessible to the disabled community.

                    Sincerely,

                    Erik Stearns
                    Accessibility Escalation Engineer

                  • Add the ability for Narrator to automatically read the contents of dialogue boxes and notifications from Action Center.

                    When a dialogue box opens, Narrator only reads the first control that gains focus. While it's possible to use the Narrator cursor to read the text in the dialogue, I would like an option to specify whether Narrator automatically reads the contents of these dialogues when they appear. Along the same lines, I'd also like to see automatic reading of notifications when they are received. Currently, I hear a little **** sound when something new pops up. I have to go into the action center and manually view the alert. It would be nice to be told what the notification…

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                    • Learning Tools

                      Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

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                      • Improve Windows Ink Workspace

                        First off add multiple monitor support. Currently, when you hit the Ink Workspace button, the app will only open on your 'main' monitor. There seems to be no way to sketch on anything on the second monitor connected. You can do this with the Snipping Tool provided by Windows so why use Ink Workspace???

                        2nd, please add the ability to adjust the ruler without touch support? Maybe I'm missing something but I cant seem to figure out how to move the ruler from its initial position. I am guessing you need to use multi-touch gestures to maneuver the ruler which…

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                          Hello Mike,

                          Thank you for reaching out to us on this issue. Currently, I’m reaching out to some of the product owners of Windows Ink to do additional background research to see if we can give you a solution to your issue. In the meantime, if you have further information to offer to help us further assist you, you are more than welcome to post additional comments on the forum.

                          As always we are here to assist those who have disabilities in using our products as each and every person is a valued customer.

                          Again, thank you for your posting and we we’ll get back to you with updates as soon as they made available to us.

                          Sincerely, the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

                        • 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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                          • Make the out office shading darker

                            The out of office all day shading on the calendar is too light to be effective. Please go back to the old shading.

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                            • Label the search box in the Windows 10 store

                              When navigating the Windows 10 store with any screen reader, the search box is unlabeled and only appears as an unlabeled button. Once activated, the button expands to a text area which text can be typed into to perform the user's search query. Can this search box not be correctly labeled, and classed as a standard edit control type rather than a non-standard, unlabeled button? I get that one can press CTRL+E, as in echo, to reach the edit field, but that's not an excuse to override good accessibility habbits as well.

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                              • Put a chat on line

                                a chat online to solve problems inmediately

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                                • Create wizzards to customize Ease of Access features

                                  Speech recognition has been included in Windows for the last vew versions. The wizard that is used to customize speech recognition is both a tutorial and a trainer for Windows.
                                  The "Make my computer easier easier to use" wizard collects disability data, but does not provide any way to specify how to make a specific feature "easier to use".
                                  Fro example, the keyboard can be customized using a wizard which asks the user to type successively more complicated series of keystrokes. Start with something like, "Type the following sentence" My dog has fleas." If the person has difficulty capitalizing the…

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                                  • Enable users to resize the content and IM windows in Skype for Business.

                                    I am frequently challenged to read things which are being presented. I'm always trying to zoom in before I remember that zoom doesn't exist in Skype.
                                    Maximizing the window or collapsing the message window doesn't help, since so much of the screen real estate is devoted to other elements. And I usually don't want to collapse the IM window altogether, just change the proportions so I can see everything.

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                                      Hello Molly,

                                      I’m not sure exactly what you are referring to as it appears you are aking about resizing text in the IM window. This is easy to do.

                                      1. First in the Skype session, click on the IM icon at the lower left of the screen.
                                      2. At the lower-right hand side of the window, click the icon that looks like “…”.
                                      3. From the menue that appears, select, “IM Text Size”.
                                      4. There you can select the percentage of size of text to display in the IM window.

                                      With regard to the other isue, are your referring to zooming inon a shared screen or destop? If not, can you give us the exact scenario that is cuasting the difficulty?

                                      Thank you for contacting us, andif there is anything further we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk…

                                    • A Utility For Identifying Words With Multiple Spellings That Sound the Same

                                      As a blind writer and editor, my biggest challenge is homonyms and homophones. Current tools allow me to proof for all other aspects of copy, but not this one. Grammar check catches selected ones like it’s verses its, which is helpful. What would be ideal, is a utility that flags every word in a document that is a homonym or homophone, pops up a window with very brief definitions, and lets you verify which spelling you want. It would also be helpful if you could enter exceptions, words you’re confident you already know, in order to streamline the process. Of…

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                                      • Excel border styles not accessible via ribbon

                                        In Excel (2016), press:

                                        1. alt+h (home ribbon)
                                        2. b (borders)
                                        3. y (line style)

                                        This opens a sub-menu showing the different kind of border styles which is not accessible to screen readers (Narrator and NVDA).

                                        In the Border page of the format cells dialog, the list of these styles is also available, and in this location, each style is identified (dashed, thick, thin etc) using screen readers.

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                                          Hi Quentin,

                                          Can you update your O365 Office 2016 to the latest that came out in October? This is build 16.0.7369.xxxx.

                                          Narrator does not have a separate version than the Windows version you mentioned.

                                          I am unable to reproduce your issue with Narrator when reading the different line styles.

                                          I only have 14 items in my list beginning with

                                          • none
                                          • Thin
                                          • hair
                                          • Dotted

                                          Let me know if the update makes a difference.

                                        • Add how-to's on your PowerPoint support pages for math and animation accessibility

                                          At work we're picking up bits and pieces all over the web about the best way to make PowerPoints accessible-- specifically for math, tables and animations. We're currently getting some info from MathType/Design Science but this could be on the support pages. We're finding that
                                          - MathML is good BUT
                                          - there's an option to add alt text, some users are requesting it, others are saying it shouldn't be added to the Math OLE (turns out it seems to depend on screen reader)
                                          - Animations where a user action adds more bits of math to a single slide-- can't consistently…

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                                            Hello Mallory,

                                            This is a very good idea, and thank you so much for breaking down the details of what you’re looking for in reference to this issue. That helps us a great deal in investigating how we can make that feature more accessible.

                                            We’ll do some more research to see how these solutions can be implemented and will get back to you with follow-up details as they become available.

                                            Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

                                            Sincerely,

                                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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