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  1. Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between t

    Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between the different screen readers. Narrator is starting to show some potential but as it becomes more useful it may be too difficult to use if the commands are to difficult to remember.

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    • Please allow scrreen readers to fully read Windows Runtime applications like the Cortana search box

      Apparently Microsoft just made a security decision to block any application, even a trusted screen reader, from injecting its code into any WinRT application.
      This includes Windows core components like the start menu, settings app and Microsoft Edge. This also means windows store apps as well.

      This greatly reduces accessibility in all these essential apps and in particular edit boxes. We are pretty much writing silently and there is no sound for when we misspelled something or when a suggestion comes up.
      Microsoft is moving more and more to having all their apps and components be packaged like this, so…

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      • Eye-tracker as an assistive technology for using a mouse or other pointing devices

        I know there are many people, like myself, for whom it's hard to move mouse. Especially on long distances, like from one edge of the screen to another. And you can't speed up pointer too much because it becomes too inaccurate. Or the software, including Windows native mouse support, doesn't let you.

        An eye tracker - used only to move the pointer with blinking (e.g. twice) - could be a great help here. And it didn't even need to be precise.

        I have a muscle wasting disease (DMD). Some people with similar diseases use only mouses, other styluses or touchpads.…

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          4 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Narrator on 64-bit systems should be able to use 32-bit TTS voices

          Currently, on 64-bit Windows, Narrator can use only TTS voices that have 64-bit support. Most (if not all) newer voices do have 64-bit support. But there are older TTS voices, that have only 32-bit support. They can be installed on 64-bit Windows and used by programs that support them. But Narrator on 64-bit Windows does not support them and can't use them. The ideal solution would be to ask the developers of the TTS voices in question to add 64-bit support to them. But most of those TTS voices are abandoned (no longer developed) and the chance to get an…

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          • Add a pronunciation dictionary to Narrator

            This is a feature that is found in all the other major screen readers. Narrator should include a pronunciation dictionary to customize how the speech synthesizer pronounces certain words if the default pronunciation is incorrect. This is usually done by entering the correct spelling of the word followed by a misspelled version that is pronounced correctly by the TTS voice. Whenever Narrator encounters the correct spelling of the word, it will speak it using the custom pronunciation rule.

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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.

              • Put the font size & font color control back into Outlook!

                Not everyone has 20-20 vision. Some people need to make the letters bigger in email. Light grey color on white back ground is a nightmare! Also, if you want to make a big improvement.... give us the option to change this awful WHITE back ground into a softer color, so it isn't so ******* the eyes. This is just awful.

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                  2 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.

                • 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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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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.

                  • Add Narrator support in the Windows Advanced Startup menu.

                    When accessing the Advanced Startup menu, Narrator cannot be used. This is the menu you access from settings>update&Security>Recovery that allows you to do things like boot from a disk, access system image backup, etc. When I access this menu, I receive no speech feedback. Pressing Control+Windows+Enter does nothing. If I press it too many times, the computer reboots into Windows again. This is another one of those essential features that needs to be completed ASAP! As someone planning to enter the IT field, this is essential if I want to independently troubleshoot Windows, boot from external drives, etc. Ideally, I'd…

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                      3 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • 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.

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                        • 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 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.

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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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                                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                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.

                              • 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

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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.

                                • 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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                                  • SP.UI.ModalDialog.showModalDialog and Accessibility issues

                                    SP.UI.ModalDialog.showModalDialog and Accessibility issues

                                    I got an opportunity to work on a SharePoint project recently. As part of this project, we had to fix accessibility issues on a SharePoint site. Here is the list of issues I found which can be made accessible out of the box. Let me know in case of any questions.

                                    1. Modal content gets rendered in an iframe but without title. iframe should have a title as per Accessibility Guidelines. If you don't, screen reader starts reading the source URL. I suggest you to provide the page name as title at least .

                                    2. It…

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                                    • Please include Beeline Reader

                                      Beeline Reader is a plugin enabling readers to make text readable with a click of a button.

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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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