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  1. 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.

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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.

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          Hello,

          Thank you for reaching out regarding your concern. We are currently working on making Visual Studio more accessible. Therefore I’ll forward your issue on to our product teams for further consideration. In the meantime, updates will be posted on this forum.

          Thank you for contacting us.

          The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

        • Add a command or toggle to disable Narrator speech and sounds.

          There needs to be a way to disable Narrator speech and/or sounds. This is especially true now that we have braille support. Currently, I have to mute the entire system to have a silent braille experience.

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            Hi Chris,

            We do have a hot key to turn on and off Narrator. If you use the Windows Key and Enter, that should turn on and off Narrator.

            One clarifying question that I have though is are you using Narrator with the braille device, or are you using the device separately?

            Thank you,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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              Hello,

              Thank you for contacting us with your feature request. we are currently investigating on how to impliment this and will keep you up to date as far as the progress made.

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

              Sincerely,

              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk tearm.

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                Hello Matt,

                Thank you for contacting us about your suggestion. In a way that makes sense to have a screen curtain for your Android device like the one that is found in Apple products.

                I’ve submitted your feature request to one of our Product Managers for further review. we’ll post updates here as soon as further details become available.

                In the meantime, one thing you can do is dim your screen all the way down as that would make it harder for others to read – especially at an angle.

                Again, thank you for contacting us about this, and we will endeavor to resolve all issues that are raised.

                Sincerely,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

              • Add customizability to narrator output options

                TL:DR
                -Control voice speed by words per minute instead of arbitrary % value

                -Highlight each word as it's voiced. Allow pausing, rewind (e.g. 10 words, 1 sentence.) and skipping ahead. Read mode where successive paragraphs are immediately started after the previous completes itself.

                -More options to enable or disable actions which cause voice output (e.g. don't read paragraphs/only read paragraphs on screen, not windows names etc.)

                Hi,

                I think narrator is really excellent and you've done a great job making it. Thanks!

                I have some suggestions for features, I expect they may be considered already, but I think they would…

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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 Office help accessible to screen readers

                    In previous versions of Office, screen readers could access the Office help system. Unfortunately, Office 2016 broke this ability. We need access to the help system returned to an accessible state.

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                    • Inconsistent accessibility features in Edge and other MS apps

                      I was directed to come here by customer support. I had to install Windows 7 on a different hard drive just to post this! I have been a member of the "insider" program since February 14th 2015.
                      I have a spinal cord injury which renders my hands and arms useless. I have been disabled for 25 years. I worked with Mark Novak, at the University of Wisconsin Weisman Center, on the original Access Pack for MS-DOS and Access Pack for Windows 3.1 which is the forefather of "Ease of Access". I must use a mouthstick or voice recognition to navigate…

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                      • Azure portal accessibility issues

                        The following problems in relation to Azure Portal accessibility have been encountered when using this UI with Jaws for windows 18 and NVDA 2016. Both Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome were also tested.

                        1. the link to add subnets is not properly labeled.
                        2. It is no longer possible to select the location.
                        3. When pressinbg E, instead of looking for the last edit field Jaws telling me I'm not in a table.
                        4. Drop downs are not accessible. The lookup window isn't accessible.
                        5. Adding a site to site connection on the virtual network gateway. Unable to select a…

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello Ralph,

                          Thank yo for reaching out to us with your valuable feedback. We definately appreciate your detailed feedback. This will be pased on to one of our Product Managares Once we recieve information on remediation efforts or when the fix will be published, we will post it here on this forum as a comment in response to the posting.

                          Thank you again for contacting us; and in the future, if we can be of help with any issue, question, or suggestion in regards to accessibility, please let us know.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Give Narrator more expression.

                          I love the samples of Narrator I've heard but the speech pitch needs to rise and fall more in the speech's natural progression, the expression now is slightly robotic. Thanks for being interested in our ideas. I am a prospective Windows 10 user.

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                          • Allow "focus follows cursor" setting for the full screen magnifier

                            The other option is that the magnification field moves continuously with the pointer. This is a great option because it allows me to zoom in on user interface controls, text fields, etc with ease, without having to move the pointer to a screen edge.

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                              Hello,

                              Thanks for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk.

                              In answer to your comment, we would like to know what version of Windows you are using. Are you using Windows 10, with the Ease of Access Tools, or are you using another version of Windows with the screen magnifier?

                              In the meantime, I’ll forward your suggestion on to our product teams, as this would make a great deal of sense for someone who is both visually impaired, but also has motor skill related disabilities.

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                            • add refreshable braille display device support

                              We are the refreshable braille display device manufacture, and we want add the device to the Windows 10. This device will help the visually impaired people use the Windows 10 very easily!

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                                Hello Mo,

                                Thank you for reaching out to us with your question as we are focused on making our products more accessible to the disabled community.

                                We do have oquestion: Are you using LibLouis Braille Library for Braille support in the development of your drivers?

                                Thank you,

                                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                              • Color Options feature for Color Blind people on Outlook 2016

                                I can't differentiate between an Available Slot and Tentative one when I access Calendar on the Outlook 2016; have to set theme to Black as workaround, but that makes working on Outlook Calendar worse. I have to strain my eyes day in and out for differentiating colors; even though I'm colorblind, can someone help me please !

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                                  Hi Andries,

                                  We would be more than happy to help you out with your accessibility issue. So that we may more effectively assist you, can you tell me the version of outlook that you’re using, and on what platform you’re using it on such as Windows 10 or Android for example?

                                  Thank you,

                                  The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                • Bring Siri's "What did they say" to Windows 10

                                  One key difference I would like to see would be to have it expand the reach of the feature. Make "What did they say" work in Edge.

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                                  • Add a greater range of dwell times for the onscreen keyboard to increase speed

                                    I type with a combination of a trackball and onscreen keyboard. However, I have to use a third party keyboard (which could go away at any time) because the dwell time on the Windows keyboard is excruciatingly slow even on the fastest (.5 s) setting. On the third party keyboard I can type almost instantly with a dwell time of 200 or 300 ms. Why not refine the range of dwell times?

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                                      Hi Amy,

                                      Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is a very interesting issue. However to help you further, we need further information regaring the third party software yo are using, on what oporating system, and application or applications you may be using as well.

                                      Than you for reaching out to us, and we’ll do whatever possible to resolve your situation.

                                      Sincerely,

                                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                    • Use background color to distinguish buttons in high-contrast themes

                                      The default high-contrast themes do not make use of the option to set a background color for buttons. Instead, they rely on the fact that default button styling includes a border, and set that border to the button text color. Buttons are thereby visually distinguished as text surrounded by a border. Some of the default high-contrast themes also use a different text color for buttons, but not all.

                                      This creates a problem when these styles are applied to websites in MS Edge. Many modern websites do not use border styles on buttons, instead relying on the background color, rounded corners,…

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                                          Hello Kay,

                                          Thank you for reaching out to us with your suggestion. In order to help you further, we would like some more specifics as to what you looking for. As you may no, with Word and PowerPoint, that there are ribbons that are dedicated to shapes. Now there is a way to set up macros that will produce the same effct of what you’re generally looking for. However, I’m gathering that this would be too cumbersome. So is it safe to assume that you’re looking for actual hardware to handle this functionality? If that’s the case, can you give us more specifics as to what the dificulties you’re encountering are and what you want to see, so we can investigate this further?

                                          Again, thank you for reaching out to us with your suggestion. It’s our mission to help those with verious disabilities to access our products with greater ease…

                                        • introduce high contrast theme for outlook.com for message list fonts

                                          the outlook.com themes only change highlight colour
                                          light grey text on white is illegible

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                                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Hello,

                                            Thank you for contacting us via the User Voice forum. This is something that we’ve already been made aware of as a desired feature. Therefore, I’m in communication with the product managers to see when this may be implemented. Once I have clear information on this, I’ll post a follow up comment on this topic.

                                            Again, thank you for contacting the Microsoft Disability Help Desk.

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