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  1. Learning Tools

    Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

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    • On YouTube with Edge, the player's progress slider is no longer visible if high-contrast mode is active

      On YouTube with Edge, the player's progress slider is no longer visible if high-contrast mode is active. This happens since a few days ago, when the design of the YouTube HTML5 player changed again. To reproduce this, in Settings -> Ease of Access -> High-Contrast, select the high-contrast black theme. Then open Edge, go to YouTube and select a random video to play. When it starts playing, use the mouse to click on the playback progress bar to fast forward a bit, so the progress indicator from the left end is at least somewhat filled. Previously, the "filling" was visible…

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        2 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • User friendly for the Microsoft Rewards programme for non usa citizens/countries.

            I would like to share the points obtained for browsing to charity as the idea of matching the contribution by Microsoft is a wonderful programme.

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              1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              • Please help all sighted users format their Word documents correctly

                When I say to a sighted person: Can you please put headings into your document through the styles dialogue", they have no idea what I'm talking about. Headings are not something sighted people intrinsically understand when using word. The vast majority of word documents I read do not have proper headings in them. In fact, sometimes I get documents that have the heading style on a whole paragraph.
                I can think of 3 solutions to this problem:
                1. Have an AI style the document based off line breaks and font. If there is a line with a blank line on…

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                  1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 3 votes
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                  • For narrator, it might be a good idea to have announcements of individuals typing when in the skype moddern app.

                    When using the desktop client for skype with third party screanreaders, there is a notification when in a conversation window indicating when a user is typing. For narrator, as of right now, I do not see this feature and think it would be a much needed implementation in helping Narrator become the screanreader it should be. Love the work so far, however, and am looking forward to seeing more developments and new features!

                    4 votes
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                    • Flag Windows store apps that are particularly accessible.

                      I don't want to purchase or even install a ton of apps only to find I won't be able to read their screens with narrator. Can Microsoft give apps that are especially accessible an award or something so I can search for just those?

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                      • Issue with sound output via the A2DP and HFP Bluetooth protocols

                        NOTE: I'm posting this here, because the described behavior affects accessibility in general and screen reader (with text-to-speech output) users in particular.

                        And now, here's the issue:
                        1. Connect a Bluetooth headset that supports both A2DP and HFP (for calls with microphone) protocols and make sure that both protocols are enabled.
                        2. While the A2DP protocol is used, launch Narrator. The bug can be reproduced no matter what sound is being played, but with assistive technologies like Narrator the seriousness of the issue is bigger.
                        3. While Narrator is running with speech, go to Control Panel -> Sound. When the…

                        3 votes
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                        • Marketing and organization event

                          Raditi na promovisanju pripremljenih ideja na visokom sveobuhvatnom nivou.

                          3 votes
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                          • Remove reports on XBOX systems it's getting out of hand

                            People don't deal with other XBOX gameplayers well enough to block them but just reports them instead who aren't being abusive or threatening
                            I thought people were smart enough to block people if they don't want to hear from someone if they send a message on their XBOX account
                            People probably send in more reports on people than blocking them and it ruins peoples gaming which could lead to people getting permanently suspended on XBOX Live for no reason

                            3 votes
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                            • Add the ability to configure settings for certain apps or websites

                              In most other screen readers, there is a feature that allows the user to specify certain settings for certain situations. For example, you could create a profile for reading text which sets spoken punctuation to none and slows down the speech rate and/or changes the voice. When you're done with that specific task, you can switch back to your default settings. In macOS, these are called Activities while NVDA calls them configuration profiles. What ever you decide to call the feature, the idea is the same. Narrator should allow the user to create a group of settings for specific situations…

                              3 votes
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                              • In Windows Ink Workspace, add centre of circle

                                In Windows Ink Workspace, please add centre of circle when drawing a circle (or arc) with protractor inking windows ink.
                                This will definitely help Math teachers a lot. (and I have a feeling it won't take much effort. THANKS!!

                                5 votes
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                                • The bulgarian voice Ivan reads some latin characters as roman numerals

                                  The bulgarian TTS voice Ivan from Microsoft reads some latin characters like I, V and X as roman numerals and not as latin characters. That includes not only capital characters (e.g. I, V, X), but small characters (e.g. i, v, x). I suggest that this behavior is changed so Ivan will read the latin characters as such and not as roman numerals. Because, here in Bulgaria we do sometimes use roman numerals for innumeration of some objects (e.g. the months of the year), but we more often than that use the latin characters as latin characters (e.g. as part of…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Make Windows10 free for everyone. Keep it simple. Am disabled, got talked out of the Free download.

                                    I have an energy deficit disorder. About to give up on the complexity and jargon of Windows and go to Linux if I cant get Windows10 free. It will not download when I tick assistive technologies box. Also I cant get into my microsoft account here and get sent round in circles. I feel like sending a snailmail as this is all so stupidly difficult.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Alt+Tab with Narrator is not smooth.

                                      When alt+tab is pressed, I expect to hear the program name I switched to.

                                      Instead, I hear one of "Running Programs", "Running Applications" or
                                      "Task Switching", depending on how many times I press tab.
                                      After I hear one of these, I then hear the name of the program. I suggest trying to make this a bit more seemless.

                                      21 votes
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                                      • The bulgarian voice IVAN spells out unknown words written in latin text

                                        The bulgarian voice IVAN, available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview, spells (pronounces character by character) some words. In my observations, those are the words which are written in latin characters but are not strictly in english. For example - my name is Kostadin Kolev and IVAN spells it out character by character, instead of reading the two words as whole words.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • The bulgarian voice IVAN pronounces some words incorrectly

                                          The bulgarian voice IVAN, available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview, pronounces some words incorrectly. It inserts small pauses inside the words and it seams that it sometimes stresses the wrong syllables. It is hard to explain, unfortunately. But hear how wrongly it pronounces the word "интервал", for example - it inserts an unnecessary pause between "ин" and "тервал". This word is only an example and it is far from being the only problematic one. I haven't found a pattern (if there is one) for the words which are affected by this, unfortunately.

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