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  1. MAKE AN ACCESSIBLE VERSION OF CREATING AN ACCOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO ONLINE HELP. tHE LETTERS TO PROVE YOU ARE NO A ROBOT ARE TINY-

    MAKE AN ACCESSIBLE VERSION OF CREATING AN ACCOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO ONLINE HELP. tHE LETTERS TO PROVE YOU ARE NOt A ROBOT ARE TINY- GIVEN THAT THE AREA IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT ACCESS... DID YOU FORGET BILND PEOPLE??

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      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for making us aware of this issue with User Voice. We just met with them in regards to helping them become more accessible to users, especially since we are using them as one of our Microsoft venders. Thus we will forward this on to them for remediation.

      Is this occurring when you are trying to sign up for a UserVoice account or getting help on another Microsoft forum? If elsewhere, can you tell us specifically?

      If there is anything else that we can be of service for, please let us know.

      Sincerely,

      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

    • Jaws under windows 10, there is a known bug with how Windows is reporting colors to jaws not allowing Jaws users to assign screen highlights

      With Jaws under windows 10, there is a known bug with how Windows is reporting colors to jaws not allowing Jaws users to assign screen highlights reliably like we were able to do in windows 7. Freedom scientific states that they are working with you guys on this issue, but are still waiting for MS to provide a fix. For those of us who are using screen readers, windows 7 provides more reliable accessibility then windows 10. I am hopeful that MS will work with the developers of screen readers to provide better accessibility in Windows 10 with screen readers…

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        Hello Gian,

        Thank you for reachingout to us about this issue. After doing some preliminary investigation, we could not find the issue refrenced as being passed to us by freedom Scientific. Therefore we need more details.

        Can you provide us with the environment you’re using, JASWS version, Windows Version, Applicaion you’re finding this bug most with, and steps to reproduce the problem? THis would be a help inresolving your issue as soon as possible.

        Thank you,

        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

      • In edge, Narrator should take you to where you were on the previous page when performing the back command by pressing backspace. It should

        Currently, Narrator doesn't take you back to where you were on a webpage when going back to the previous page. For example, follow a link in this forum, then go back. Focus should return to the link you were on before going to the new page.

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        • 7 votes
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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.

          • Allow HC themes to be edited

            When desiring to make changes to a high contrast theme, allow edits to be made to existing saved theme without having to save as a new name.

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            • Add an autoscroll or autopan feature for braille displays.

              When braille support is introduced into Narrator, I would like to have an automatic scrolling or panning mode. This would make it easier to read long passages of content without having to constantly press the scroll button on the display to scroll to the next line of braille. This feature could be further enhanced by customizable time intervals for the display to scroll. For example, have the display scroll after 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. This would let the user customize how quickly the refreshes occur.

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              • Bless U

                God Bless U...Self explanatory.

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                • why did i have to up date my password about 20 times the last week

                  thi is rediculous it keeps telling me my acc its outdated

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                  • Remove the compromise between keyboard and controler on XBox with Narrator

                    I recently purchased an Xbox console. Here are my thoughts on the experiences so far and I think an underlying theme of where accessibility breaks and needs to improve. I am really passionate about making this a good console for users, so opening dialog up about this is critical. That's why I was super excited when I purchased my console a few weeks ago, a moment where I was confident that at least I'm getting some out-of-box accessibility solutions and a company dedicated to their mission.

                    First, the biggest issue with Narrator, as it stands, is this controller-keyboard compromise I…

                    6 votes
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                    • Focusable elements should fire focus event / receive :focus styling when they receive Narrator/accessibility focus

                      This issue relates to a current inconsistency among different AT, particularly evident on touchscreen devices. See https://patrickhlauke.github.io/touch/tests/results/#mobile-tablet-touchscreen-assistive-technology-events / https://twitter.com/patrick_h_lauke/status/788496138966106112

                      In iOS/VoiceOver/Safari, when a focusable element (link, button...but some special casing seems to happen for text entry fields and similar) receives VO focus, the JavaScript focus event is fired and CSS :focus styles apply. In most other OS/AT/browser combinations, this is currently not the case - accessibility focus does not trigger focus() / :focus.

                      This has been brought up in the past with Mozilla with regards to Android/TalkBack/Firefox (xref https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1000082) and just now with Google for Android/TalkBack/Chrome (xref https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=657157)

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                      • Make shapes accessible to keyboard users in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc

                        Currently, in Office programs, when shapes are added to a document:

                        Word: alt+n, sh, then choose a shape.
                        Excel: alt+n, zi,sh, then choose a shape.

                        The shapes themselves are identified, which is great, but as soon as you choose one, you need to use the mouse to insert it.

                        Many screen readers provide a way of partly manipulating the mouse (eg press numpad slash to left click with NVDA), it is impossible to accurately position the item and resize it. Please include the ability to use the keyboard to accomplish this.

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                        • Capsule virtual reality

                          A reputable company Microsoft, I apologize in advance for not being an exact translation (if he is), so I really do not know much English. I have just a few moments ago I saw your creation HoloLens, and I was deeply impressed by this device. And I would like to tell you about a text concept of absolute immersion in virtual reality devices.
                          It is a capsule full immersion, in which a person falls into a trance or dream, using neural helmet that reads brain signals and converts to a digital signal, creating a virtual reality of total immersion, in…

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                            • Excel border styles not accessible via ribbon

                              In Excel (2016), press:

                              1. alt+h (home ribbon)
                              2. b (borders)
                              3. y (line style)

                              This opens a sub-menu showing the different kind of border styles which is not accessible to screen readers (Narrator and NVDA).

                              In the Border page of the format cells dialog, the list of these styles is also available, and in this location, each style is identified (dashed, thick, thin etc) using screen readers.

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                                Hi Quentin,

                                Can you update your O365 Office 2016 to the latest that came out in October? This is build 16.0.7369.xxxx.

                                Narrator does not have a separate version than the Windows version you mentioned.

                                I am unable to reproduce your issue with Narrator when reading the different line styles.

                                I only have 14 items in my list beginning with

                                • none
                                • Thin
                                • hair
                                • Dotted

                                Let me know if the update makes a difference.

                              • Make Microsoft Visio 2016 accessible to screen reader users

                                Visio 2016 should be completely accessible for screen reader users. At the moment, a screen reader can read diagrams on a limited bases. For instance, tabbing around a Visio document renders the shapes and text within those shapes accessible. However, the lines connecting the shapes are not accessible. Furthermore, a screen reader user cannot independently create their own Visio diagrams. Since this is a crutial part of a software developer/designer's job description, Visio 2016 and later should fully support screen reader users. To get my job done, I have to use a scripting language to create diagrams, which takes three…

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                                  Hello Andy,

                                  Thank you for contacting us about this suggestion. We are constantly in the process of improving the accessability of our products and welcome ou r input. We willforward this onto our product oner and get back to you with details regarding the fixes that are implimented.

                                  If in the future, you have any other comments, questions, or issues, feel free to reach out to us.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Asnwer Desk team.

                                • Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

                                  Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

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                                  • not Disabled

                                    Just because someone where's glasses that dose not make the Disabled

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                                    • True No Disability here

                                      I use the magnifier Because I am farsighted

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                                      • 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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                                        • Make sure developers of different MS products are on the same accessibility page.

                                          Accessibility Checker and Captioning plug-in for PowerPoint? Good job. Thumbs up.

                                          Inability to convert a captioned PowerPoint to an accessible Office Mix? Inexcusable.

                                          MAKE IT EASY FOR END USERS TO CREATE ACCESSIBLE CONTENT.

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