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  1. 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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  2. I'd like a follow up from the accessibility team to my earlier post.

    The only response i'm seeing from your team is: "Thanks for sharing this feedback with us <name>. We're going to pass this information on to the engineering team. Please continue to leave your feedback here and upvote posts that you agree with."

    I would like to see some more feedback on what you are actually doing with the feedback. Please consider my earlier suggestion and follow-up with that message on what the current status is - is it feasible? not feasible? what did the engineering team say of this suggestion?

    Thank you!

    Relates to:
    https://microsoftaccessibility.uservoice.com/forums/307429-microsoft-accessibility-feedback/suggestions/38544484-xbox-one-accessibility-audio-balancing-for-lef

    20 votes
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  3. Remote desktop access.

    Narrator should be able to support the use of remote desktop. In a similar method to that used by Jaws. Synthesized speech would not be sent over the remote audio device to the local system, instead, the synthesizer commands would be sent back to the local synthesizer using one of the RDP protocols. This functionality is already supported in RDP. The support just needs to be added to Narrator.

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  4. Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

    It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

    What about head-tracker users?
    What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
    What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
    What about switch users?

    Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

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  5. Add the option to use pictures for answer choices in Forms

    When considering a Universal Design to Learning approach, the ability to use visuals (pictures) for an answer choice in a form would assist our visual learners and allow for alternate access and assessment. For some students, reading is incredibly difficult without an accompanying visual.

    19 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Sponsored/Donated Adaptive Controllers

    I was really moved by the Adaptive Controller campaign. It is so amazing to see a company pushing the boundaries and making their product more inclusive.

    I don't know anyone in my personal life who needs this device but I wanted to reach out and ask if you've thought about 'sponsored devices' or creating a program that allows people to purchase a device for a person who needs it. Perhaps continuing the organizational partnerships you've already established to help get the devices to the right people?

    I'm not sure this is the right channel to start this discussion but I…

    19 votes
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  7. Narrator read selected text

    Narrator has an hotkey to 'Read previous line'. It should also have a hotkey for 'Read the selected text'.

    19 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Allow Narrator to unmute the system sound device

    Narrator should check the system output device when ever it is activated. If the sound device is muted, Narrator should automatically unmute it and set the volume to a value such as 50% so that it is audible. If the sound device is working properly, Narrator should do nothing and start normally. This would be a great help when trying to work with a system where the sound was muted. By pressing Control+Windows+Enter, the screen reader starts and the sound device is unmuted and set to a relatively high volume.

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    2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. enable narrator to work with echoing text that has been dictated

    Make narrator echo back dictated text using Windows speech Recognition so that blind people who have limited use of their hands can take advantage of both features.

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  12. MS Office color contrast insufficiency issue for combination bar/line charts...

    For MS Office (not just Excel), would it be possible to allow for choice of separate fill/outline colors for lines (for all compound types or even just for some) used in combination bar/line graphs or wherever lines are being used to convey meaning? It is currently a challenge to select a single line color that will contrast well against the various colors of the bars AND that of the graph background. What works for darker colors will not work for those that are lighter, and vice versa. Thank you.

    18 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Purchase the JAWS and ZoomText divisions of Vispero and integrate them into Microsoft and Microsoft products.

    Microsoft should consider purchasing the ZoomText and JAWS divisions of Vispero in order to integrate them into the Microsoft accessibility team. These divisions of Vispero already produce software that is exclusive to Windows, and this is the next logical step in making Windows accessible for everyone. This would add a lot of talented folks to the Narrator, Magnifier, and Disability Answer Desk teams.

    There would be no more need for teams from Microsoft and Vispero to communicate back and forth on accessibility issues. Everything would be done in house, similar to how Apple implements accessibility on their devices and systems.…

    18 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Add Dwell Clicking as an Ease of Access feature

    Some people (like me) can't use Eye Control for various reasons. We type with trackballs or joysticks. So my question is: If you could offer Dwell Clicking for your Eye Control, why on Earth wouldn't you offer it as a global Ease of Access option? It seems like your physical accessibility options, like the Onscreen Keyboard etc., are being really neglected. There is a lot of need for improvement in this area and nothing seems to happen.

    18 votes
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  15. Add Speech to Windows BIOS

    The most inaccessible part of Windows is the BIOS. There is no way for a blind person to change the BIOS by them selves and it is almost impossible to have someone on your phone read the screen that is on the bios over the phone.
    This means that I need to have someone who is comfortable with working on the innards of the computer, who I trust, following directions from someone who has no idea what they should be looking for.
    This is the only time where Narrator has an advantage over other screen readers.
    Please allow some access…

    18 votes
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  16. 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.…

    18 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Make edge work with Dragon Naturally Speaking

    Many people rely on Dragon Naturally speaking to access there PC. Edge has no support for Dragon so is not usable, the only option is to revert to Internet Explorer.

    Either Edge needs to support Speech recognition programs or Internet Explorer needs to continue to be supported. Otherwise a community of people will not be able to use MS products to access the internet.

    18 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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…

    18 votes
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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.

  19. Make sure developers of different MS products are on the same accessibility page.

    Accessibility Checker and Captioning plug-in for PowerPoint? Good job. Thumbs up.

    Inability to convert a captioned PowerPoint to an accessible Office Mix? Inexcusable.

    MAKE IT EASY FOR END USERS TO CREATE ACCESSIBLE CONTENT.

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  20. 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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