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  1. create themes in word and PowerPoint that meet the accessibility guidelines for font size and color contrast.

    Create Accessible themes, templates in MS word and PowerPoint. And then call the theme Accessible or Low Vision or something that lets people easily find it.

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello Patricia,

      Thank you for reaching out to us about your concern. Be advised that other customers have contacted us about issues related to this situation. Our engineering teams are actively looking into this and changes are in the works.

      Having said that, we are always interested in how we can improve out products’ accessibility. Therefore if you have specifics on what you think needs improvement, such as the product being used, scenario in which the problem occurrs, or suggestion on improvements to the specific user interface elements, or specific features, please let us know.

      Again, thank you for reaching out to us as we are here to assist in any way possible with accessibility needs.

      Sincerely,

      The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

    • The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable fiel

      The scan mode ought to switch on or off automatically depending on input field, e.g. switching off scan mode when encountering editable field. I prefer Narrator handling web pages as is handled by System Access screen reader.

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        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello,

        THank you for contacting us about this issue. We will forward this to the product manager in charge of Narrator to see if we can get a fix implimented for you.

        One question: Are you experinencing this with only one browser such as IE 11 or Edge?

        Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this as it’s our missionto help those with disabilities use our products more effectively.

        Sincerely,

        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

      • Continue Development/Engage With SwiftKey Symbols

        SwiftKey was recently acquired by MS - one of their greenhouse apps is SwiftKey Symbols providing keyboard input to non-literate (cognitively disabled) users - also AAC (speech output for aphasic users) on mobile devices. Would be fantastic to see this keyboard further developed/implemented across the wider Windows ecosystem and engagement from the MS Accessibility Teams - potential user group is larger than you might assume ~ 1% population.

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          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Simon,

          I wanted to follow up with you to give you an update on your request.

          Although we are a small team, we do have plans to develop SwiftKey Symbols further on the Android ecosystem. We have just released an update with the following features:

          - Admin mode, a separate location for editing the symbols to minimize distractions in the main communication app
          - Better image cropping support
          - RTL support with Arabic translations
          - Swipe predictions to hide them temporarily, to encourage creativity

          We have further plans to work on the accessibility of the app including contrast, resizing, and customizability. We also are thinking about how to enable sharing symbol collections for use in schools, and of course how we can expand from Android to other platforms. Initial investigation into the latter was not very promising and would take us a significant amount of time to do ourselves.…

        • Make it possible to generate a PDF/UA conforming PDF document from Office

          New regulations from the US Access Board will likely require PDF/UA conformance for PDF documents.

          Microsoft can extend its existing investment in generating tagged PDF, and lead the marketplace in accessible document creation, by providing functionality to general PDF/UA conforming documents directly from MS Office applications.

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            4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello Duff,

            Thanks for the clarification.

            I have done some further investigating and the product group is aware of this additional work. They looking in to it; however, I don’t have any time table to share.

            Hello,

            The current Channel for Office 365 (click to run version) now has this functionality.

            You can simply export to a PDF from the file menu or choose Save As and then select the PDF file type. The option to tag for Accessibility is checked by default.

            I might not understand what you are asking for. There is no specific option to turn on/off PDF/UA when exporting to PDF format; if the tag for accessibility option is checked (which it is by default), you should get PDF/UA conforming documents.

            If this is not the case, please share with me how we can determine the exported PDF documentis not conforming to the PDF

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

              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.

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                4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hello George,

                In response to your inquiry, we would like to know what you are using that could use greater language support. If you are using eh Ease of Access Tools in Windows 10 or any of the other accessibility tools, you’ll find that we do localize our products to support many languages.

                We look forward to your additional feedback.

                Sincerely,

                The Microsoft Disability Answer Des team

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