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  1. 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.

      • 7 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Windows 10s Download

          Please consider making Windows 10s available as a download for older computers. This operating system may work better on older computers and laptops making extending their usefulness. This would be especially helpful for those who may have lower incomes including people with disabilities, students, older citizens, etc.

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          • 7 votes
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            • que el servicio answer desk disabilty sea en el idioma de cada pais

              conozco el idioma ingles, pero no se muchas palabras el significado...entoces resulta que al iniciar una conversacion o un texto no encuentro las palabras...por favor alguien me puede ayudar...gracias por leer este mensaje...ruego respuesta...jose.

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              • Create a top level domain for the Accessibility Community forums.

                It took me forever and a day to find the URL to these accessibility forums. When I called the Accessibility Helpdesk, the lady didn't have even the slightest inkling of an idea what I was talking about. She barely spoke english, and was inevitably reading from a script put in front of her little nose. I"m not aposed to outsourcing people overseas to do tech support work, and that's not the point of this post, so no one flame me here. All I'm saying is, it took her about 10 minutes just to find the link to these forums, and…

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

                  Hi Chris,

                  Thank you for contating us about this issue. We’ll get in touch with the forum developers to see if we can make this easier to navigate to it. We’ll relay information as it becomes available.

                  Thank you for contacting us about this issue.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                • allow screen reader audio to be passed through skype for business

                  We have a use case where we have geographically dispersed teams working on websites with developers in one site and accessibility staff in another.
                  We currently use skype for business for screen sharing has largely been successful however the accessibility team is wondering if SfB can pass through screen reader audio to the remote end (developers) in order for the developers to experience what the accessibility team does when using a screen reader – explaining the behavior of the screen readers would be much easier if the screen readers audio is passed through.

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                  • Side scroll bars need a resizing action for users with nerve damaged hands.

                    I have moderately damaged nerves in my right wrist that cause my 3 fingers on my hand to be drawn inward like a hook. On top of that, whenever I use that hand, I have micro spasms that give little jerking motions to my hand while trying to use a mouse which gives me limited control over the mouse pointer. Due to the spasming, smaller items are very difficult to use. Since the side scroll bars have been narrowed in your products, it is extremely difficult to use them with my condition. Adding a sizing function to allow widening the…

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

                      Hello Lester,

                      Thank you for your input on this. We will forward this to one of our product managers to see if we can facilitate a solution for you regarding scroll bar size. Once we have more information, we’ll get back to you with further information.

                      Thank you for reaching out to us and if in the future we can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

                      Sincerely,

                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                    • 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?

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

                        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.

                      • Please provide tips on using Pivot tables in Excel with screen readers. Pivot tables are one of the most powerful features in Excel.

                        Pivot tables provide a superb feature set for analyzing data without having to develop complex formulae involving many ranges of data. I use a screen reader and am just starting to learn about them and am finding them wonderful, fascinating, and extremely useful. Sadly, screen reader vendors provide no information on pivot table use, and I believe that their lack of use by blind individuals stems from the fact that blind people don't learn about them, so they are never used. I think Microsoft has a wonderful opportunity here to expose information about one of the unsung heroes of Excel,…

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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello,

                          Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. Another unother user has approached us about this very same situation, and we are having our engineering teams look into this.

                          Thank you for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can be assistance with in the future, don’t hesitate to let us know.

                          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!

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

                            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.

                          • 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…

                            7 votes
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                              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.

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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.

                              • 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,…

                                7 votes
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                                • 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…

                                  7 votes
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                                  • give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

                                    give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

                                    this would be extremly helpful for visually impaired users

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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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