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  1. Windows Head Control

    Hello Accessibility Team,

    We wanted to reach you since we had some feedback from our customers. I am writing on behalf on Glassouse Assistive Device team and would like to share a suggestion of ours.

    Our product is a hybrid glass-mouse using a 9-axis gyroscope to detect the head movements for dragging mouse cursors. Right now our new version of GlassOuse can be used with our highly adaptable switch control options - G-Switch Series to do the clicking actions or without them via dwell software.

    For right clicks, drag-n-drop, scroll etc. we suggest to use a 3rd party software on…

    4 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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      I am so thankful you are testing the new keyboard shortcuts in narrator you are introducing in narrator that will make it more like the other screenreaders if implemented. One feature I would really like added to narrator is to place a bookmark in a webpage, like if you were listening to a long webpage or ebook Edge it could place a bookmark there so if open the browser later it would come back to the same spot where you left off. Thanks, David

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        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Collaboration with new Xbox Adaptive Controller

        Hello Xbox Team!

        We would like to discuss a possible partnership for the upcoming Xbox Adaptive Controller with you. As GlassOuse, we design and manufacture assistive devices and adapted switch controls. We believe we will be a perfect match for the gamers with the new controller. If you can write back to us, we want to send you a bundle of our products and share all knowledge we gathered about accessibility so far since the beginning of our journey. As GlassOuse Assistive Device and G-Switch Series, we are more than ready to become a part of this.

        Here, you may…

        2 votes
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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.

          3 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Can you (Microsoft) please improve the GPS instructions on the Soundscape app?

            I love the new and magnificent app, but am still struggling a little bit with it. Below are my struggles as a legally blind user:

            1. It's too hard for me to determine from which direction my destination is by just listening to the beacon. Can you please find a better way to have the app guide me to my destination?

            2. Can the GPS instructions be made easier to understand for the visually impaired? I can't interpret directions based on street names and numbers. I would prefer that the app tells me how to get to my destination by…

            7 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make visual focus indicator more prominent.

              Please make the visual focus indicator more prominent, the thin-dotted outline is barely visible especially against dark backgrounds. I have relatives with low-vision that I assist and it is incredibly frustrating for them. I wear glasses and my vision isn't that bad and in some instances, i can't see it either. Please please make it more prominent! Thank you!

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                1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • sticky notes is not disability friendly

                The sticky notes in the Microsoft Store are not disability friendly at all. It is so frustrating that many programs have been made without us in mind. It is such a shame. I am a college student and I cannot utilize a lot of things offered in the Microsoft Store. I am so disgusted my this.

                6 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Have Screen Readers not read "blank" on role="presentation" or aria-hidden="true" SVG Elements

                  At the moment, when JAWS or NVDA with Edge, you have no way of fully ignoring an SVG. The screen reader will always read "graphic," unless you enable role="presentation" or aria-hidden="true," in which case it will read "blank."

                  If you add an aria-label to a parent div, that label will be reread multiple times depending on how many SVG elements and <text> elements are contained within that div.

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                    1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Row headers not reading in Excel Tables

                    I have read Microsoft Accessibility Team Manager's response to Duff that states that Narrator will read column and row headers if appropriate options are checked in the Design tab for tables. I have tried this on multiple Windows 10 computers running April 2018 update and last fall's update. I am unhappy to report that the proposed solution has not worked for me or my students.

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                      1 comment  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      38 votes
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                        17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

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                          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Narrator text to speech voice more human like

                          Please make it sound less robotic

                          7 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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/

                            2 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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?.

                              7 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Windows Speech Recognition (SAPI) does not shut down properly on Windows 10. I suggest you fix this bug :)

                                How to replicate said issue:

                                I have placed a shortcut for starting Windows Speech Recognition on my Desktop.

                                Shortcut copied from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessibility\Windows Speech Recognition

                                - Click the shortcut to start Windows Speech Recognition
                                - Open Start
                                - Close Start
                                - Close Windows Speech Recognition
                                - Click the shortcut to Windows Speech Recognition

                                Windows Speech Recognition won’t open. Looking at Task Manager you’ll see Speech Recognition still running.

                                If you open Start, you’ll see Speech Recognition disappearing from Task Manager and you are able to open Windows Speech Recognition again.

                                This odd bug is somehow tied to the Start menu.

                                6 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a GUI to manage which apps use Scan Mode

                                  Please add a dialog box that lists all apps where Scan Mode has been set to automatically turn on. The user should be able to delete items from the list.

                                  7 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Narrator doesn't always focus when I press Windows R, Windows X, or Windows I.

                                    This issue has been around for quite some time and is still present in the April 2018 update. When I press Windows+R, I or X, Narrator doesn't always put the focus on the window or menu that appears. I find I have to press the command a second or third time for it to work correctly. This is especially annoying when trying to access the run dialog box. When I press Windows+R, I must press alt+tab to cycle to the dialog box. This behavior doesn't occur with other screen readers. When I press the command, NVDA correctly moves the focus…

                                    7 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 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…

                                      2 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Creating and inserting a text box to be made accessible using JAWS speech and braille output in Excel

                                        Creating and inserting a text box to be made accessible using speech and braille output in Excel 2016. Can only create a textbox with cursor.

                                        3 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Narrator should indicate form fields in word

                                          Narrator currently doesn't indicate form fields in word for example text boxes for typing, and checkboxes or radio buttons.

                                          3 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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