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  1. 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…

    4 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make the GitHub contribution chart accessible

      With the recent acquisition of GitHub, I am hoping Microsoft can help to make parts of it more accessible. The contribution chart in particular is a mess. It is completely keyboard inaccessible, its hit areas are too small, it offers no cues for what is interactive, its contrast is poor, it is not exposed to screen readers in any way, and it is not even responsive.

      As a coding experiment I outlined these issues and made a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant version and shared it with GitHub in the hopes they would use it:

      http://adrianroselli.com/2018/02/github-contributions-chart.html

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      • I’m trying to access my hotmail account. I have not been on this account for I’m not even sure how long. The password that I used for this ?

        I’m trying to get into my Hotmail account but haven’t been very successful. 4 years ago I was in a horrific accident and now I suffer from memory issues. Anyways I used the same password to get into my laptop that I used for my Hotmail account and I really need help getting my account information. Can anybody please please please help me??

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        • Go back to having an email contacts. Sometimes it is just a lot easier to email, especially if I want to attach a screen print.

          Why not go back to being able to contact you by EMAIL?? Sometimes we like to attach something to explain the problem better.
          I'm afraid you've lost the idea of "Ease of Access" or at least for help.

          4 votes
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          • I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

            Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

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            • Stop forcing us oldies to accept complicated ideas

              Please stop blocking my e-mail by forcing acceptance of a complicated new process. I just want to be able to use my present e-mail, but the big ad on the screen won't yield.

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              • Add de-neo ergonomic Keyboard layout to default Windows installation

                Add the german "Neo ergonomisch optimiert" keyboard layout (comparable to Dvorjak which is already shipped with windows).
                This can be installed already by individual users, a default install would help with switching machines often or workplace machines without admin rights.
                http://neo-layout.org/

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                • I too have a disability

                  I was in a horrific accident 4 years ago. I’m now paralyzed from the waist down. I have not mastered my core strength yet so I spend a lot of time laying in bed or sitting in my wheelchair. My problem is I need an idea on how to ***** my laptop on my lap so I can access the keyboard and see the screen without straining my neck. Also while I am sitting in my wheelchair I tend to fight with the issue of my laptop sliding off of my lap. Any ideas you have to help me would…

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                  • Change system fonts for dyslexic assessability. Include system font(s) such as open dyslexic for folks.

                    Tool in settings to change system fonts such as open dyslexic for explorer and edge.

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                    • Keep doing disability support!

                      it is excellent, i have epilepsy and get stressed out. Thank you!! MS support 24/7 is wonderful!

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                      • Please allow Outlook 2016 to say "message"

                        I am trying to make Outlook 2016 the best screen reader it can be for people who are blind or visually impaired, or for others with disabilities.

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                          • I suggest that, if possible, you should find a way to identify disabled people, and offer windows 10 free, but without having it public.

                            I suggest that, if possible, you should find a way to identify disabled people, and offer windows 10 free, but without having it public. I think that it should work with a link sent through mail, or a key, if you don't want healthy people to use the free option.
                            There are people like me, who were under a rock or so, and found out only recently that windows 10 was released. Sadly, not all countries give disabled people enough money to get windows licences. That's why I ask, if possible, for those people to get help. Right now i'm…

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                            • Implement scanning access for switch users to Windows please.

                              While the new Eye Control is a game changer for many people with physical access difficulties, it doesn't necessarily t work for folk that may need switch access through the OS. Currently only third party programs can do this via floating onscreen keyboards (ACAT, Grid 3, Communicator 5) - but a more elegant and robust solution would be to allow access directly to OS UI elements. An alternative might be to implement a basic and customisable onscreen keyboard in Ease of Access that allowed interaction with Windows (perhaps even bring ACAT radar mouse control into Win10?.

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                              • Extremely difficult to use and access. What is the waiting period about? Just want to erase my searches. Not at all easy to use.

                                When I sign in and get a code do not make me get another and then say it takes several weeks to use. This is stupid. Make Microsoft for us dummies who are who we say we are and just want to do simple things like erase search history.

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                                • Windows Classic emulators

                                  I know this may not seem like an appropriate location for this suggestion, but I had a thought this morning. Since many people find Windows intimidating, why provide a sort of backwards compatibility for the user. What I mean is a $20 VM that emulates previous Windows environments for those who are too scared of the newest Windows OSes. In essence, it would be sort of like training wheels for Windows.

                                  For example, for students with learning disabilities, they could ease into the modern Windows by starting in Win 95. Since older Windows versions tended to be far less feature…

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                                  • Please make the onscreen keyboard available on the Bitlocker password login screen

                                    I have a physical disability and rely on using the onscreen keyboard to type. Currently (as far as I know) the onscreen keyboard is only available on the Bitlocker decrypt screen when using a touch screen. Please make this keyboard available to use with the mouse also.

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                                    • App For Blind Programmers

                                      Hi, my name is Annabelle.
                                      I am a blind woman who is a beginner at programming language and application design, and I have an important question for you. I wonder if there's a program for blind programmers to create their own apps, with keystrokes that let them insert controls into panel-like screens. For example, I want to make an ambient sound generator software similar to Atmosphere Deluxe http://www.vectormediasoftware.com/atmdeluxehome.htm, but instead of designing it with Visual Basic, I want to help Vectormedia Software redesign their interface with a programming language that can be recognized by all operating systems (Mac, Windows,…

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                                      • Phone verification on suspended account.

                                        Microsoft account is suspended. Instruction said put enter the phone number for sending verification code. My phone number has no function of SMS. There are no alternative way to verification. I hope to verify by phone call.

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                                        • an opt-in feature for more visible ctrls w/ Edge [ when large screen display ]

                                          an opt-in feature for more visible ctrls w/ Edge [ when large screen display is used ]

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