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  1. 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.

    • 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.…

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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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