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  1. 11 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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

    • 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.

      11 votes
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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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        • Different notification sounds for different apps

          In the Windows Mobile version, you can assign completely different sounds to different apps. I would like that be made for the PC version. I can tell what notification would be by the sound. For my phone, I have different sounds for different types of things. For example, "You have an appointment." for the calendar. For mail, "New mail" and for Maintenance and Security, an alarm sound.

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello,

            This sis a very interesting idea you’ve proposed. In Windows some apps let you customize alerts for some of their functions, but not all becuase it’s dependant on registry entries.

            I’ll go ahead and forward this to the product manager for further review and get back to you with any further updates.

            Thanks again for reaching out to us; and in the future, if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know.

            Sincerely,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • Put a chat on line

            a chat online to solve problems inmediately

            9 votes
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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…

              9 votes
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              • Text selection commands don't work in Scan Mode

                I have posted this to the Windows Insider Feedback Hub, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this here as well. When reading text in Scan Mode, it is impossible to use standard Windows text selection commands to select text. This would be very useful in all sorts of places. For example, I could select and copy the text from an error message or text from a website.

                9 votes
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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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                  • Change Outlook color schemes

                    The color scheme in Outlook 2016 does not provide enough contrast for some features, such as highlighting out of office or busy days. This is especially true for the "dark grey" office theme - where the ooo days show up as a whiter shade against a light grey background - impossible to see in the month view. Getting away from the pastel colors would help.

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello,

                      Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                      Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                      Sincerely,

                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                    • Make Microsoft Visio 2016 accessible to screen reader users

                      Visio 2016 should be completely accessible for screen reader users. At the moment, a screen reader can read diagrams on a limited bases. For instance, tabbing around a Visio document renders the shapes and text within those shapes accessible. However, the lines connecting the shapes are not accessible. Furthermore, a screen reader user cannot independently create their own Visio diagrams. Since this is a crutial part of a software developer/designer's job description, Visio 2016 and later should fully support screen reader users. To get my job done, I have to use a scripting language to create diagrams, which takes three…

                      9 votes
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                      • Honor system-wide font size/color settings in ALL apps

                        Often times my font size/color settings in Windows apply to some programs but not all. I want to make a change once and have it improve my experience in all applications.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello,

                          Thank you for your feedback. I will be happy to submit this as a suggestion to the product group. However, I would like to make yo aware that individual apps have a lot of control on how they look on screen and do not necessarily conform to accessibility best practices guidelines. If you have a Microsoft app that is not behaving as you expect, please let us know.

                        • 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…

                          8 votes
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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…

                            8 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              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.

                            • Support captions / subtitles in MP4 & MKV files.

                              Windows 10 Movies & TV supports SRT files. This is nice, but it's not really enough.
                              I know there's no end of anime folks asking for subtitle support in MKV files, so you can ask them what formats are prevalent there.
                              In the MP4 container, there's space for multiple "sbtl:tx3g" streams (aka "mov_text") to carry subtitles / captions, either to provide access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or to support multiple languages. You already support multiple audio streams, you already support subtitles in external SRT files, subtitles in alternate streams should be a small addition to…

                              8 votes
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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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                                • 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.

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                                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    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.

                                  • 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.

                                    8 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      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 an enable / disable button to the Magnifier controls window

                                      Currently you have to hit the - button to turn the magnification off. It would be more convenient to just hit one button to enable and disable Magnifier. Then it would return to the previous magnification zoom level used last when enabled.

                                      7 votes
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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.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • 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…

                                          7 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            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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