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  1. add refreshable braille display device support

    We are the refreshable braille display device manufacture, and we want add the device to the Windows 10. This device will help the visually impaired people use the Windows 10 very easily!

    7 votes
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    Hello Mo,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question as we are focused on making our products more accessible to the disabled community.

    We do have oquestion: Are you using LibLouis Braille Library for Braille support in the development of your drivers?

    Thank you,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  2. Add options to customize the Narrator views.

    When using capslock up and down arrows, there are some items in the list that I don't use. It would be helpful if there was a settings screen with a list of all the elements that could be toggled on or off. This would declutter the list and make it easier to use by removing rarely used commands. I'd personally use this to remove such things as landmarks as I never use that navigation setting.

    6 votes
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    01/02/2017 [v-erstea]

    Hello Chris,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability ANswer Desk on the User Voice Forum. This is an interesting feature request and makes a lot of sense considering that verbosity settings are found on comparable products. I will contact the product manager for Narrator and follow up with him to see if this is something that is planned for a future release. Once I have an answer back, I’ll follow up with an update with regards to your suggestion.

    Thank you again for contacting us about this.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  3. Add the ability for Narrator to automatically read the contents of dialogue boxes and notifications from Action Center.

    When a dialogue box opens, Narrator only reads the first control that gains focus. While it's possible to use the Narrator cursor to read the text in the dialogue, I would like an option to specify whether Narrator automatically reads the contents of these dialogues when they appear. Along the same lines, I'd also like to see automatic reading of notifications when they are received. Currently, I hear a little **** sound when something new pops up. I have to go into the action center and manually view the alert. It would be nice to be told what the notification…

    12 votes
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  4. Math OCR

    Auto generate alt text for math text images (cloud API should return output in one of the following formats text or mathML or latex)

    5 votes
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    Hi Neil,

    Thank you for reaching out to us about your suggestion. In order to help you out further, what operating system and application are you wanting to use the math OCR capability with? Is this to be used with any adaptive technologies like Narrator, Jaws, dolphin, etc.? This would help me do some additional research for you and get this suggestion in front of the right engineering team.

    Again, thank you for contacting us; and if we can be of help in the future, please don’t hesitate to post again.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  5. Make Mouse Keys work in Edge

    Accessibility feature Mouse Keys does not work in Edge (and UWP apps with edge html engine). There is no reaction on click (5 key on numpad) or double click (+ key on numpad) in page area. Browser toolbars are only clickable with mouse keys area of the browser.

    8 votes
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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. This was reported to us earlier by another user through another forum. Therefore, we have this situation under investigationand indevelopement for a fix. We will keep you up to date as to the progress and fix date for this issue.

    In the future, if you have any other issues, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  6. Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

    Narrator should automatically switch to screen mode and editable mode as appropriate. editable/input is encountered, Narrator switches

    13 votes
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    Hello Hari Dhoundiyal ,

    Thank you for contacting the Disability Answer Desk about your concern with Narrator. Can you give us some more detail as to when it does not alternate in between screen and editing mode? This would help us improve the software to make it user friendly.

    Thank you for contacting us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

  7. Provide day of week information when navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016.

    When navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016 recent builds, the screen reader will announce the dates, but not the actual day of the week. JAWS used to do this before they switched to providing the information directly from outlook.

    8 votes
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    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. In order to serve you better, can you tell us what version of Outlook you’re using such as Mac or Windows 32 or 64-bit, and what version of Jaws or other screen reader that you are using? That will allow us to get this issue to the appropriate product manager to get this resolved for you.

    Again, thank you for contacting us; and we will do our best to resolve this for you.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  8. Move focus from the message list to the message body after selecting a message within Outlook for Android

    Currently when selecting a message from the Focused Inbox within Outlook for Android version 2.1.116, focus remains on the item in the list when using the app with the BrailleNote Touch. While the Touch does have a touchscreen and supports gestures, the primary navigation paradigm with the Touch is linearly using keyboard commands. When a message is activated from the list, focus should move to the message body. Currently users have to scroll/swipe past all of the messages in the list in order to locate the contents of the message they opened.

    5 votes
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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us about the issue you’re having. Can you tell us is if you’ve been able to change the focus to the message body without the BrailleNote Touch?

    Thank you for contacting us. We look forward to solving your issues and answering your questions.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  9. Native contrast support in Edge

    Completely transfer "color contrast availability" from content authors to end users by developing and integrating a color detection and analysis mechanism in Edge core and provide user configuration (global, per domain, per url).

    3 votes
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    Hello Neil,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. However, there is not enough information here to do anything with this issue. Are you asking about color contrast themes in Edge, High contrast, or color contrast ratios?

    Without clearer information, there’s nothing that can be done about this at this time. therefore customer will be asked forfurther details.

    Thank you,

    The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

  10. 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??

    4 votes
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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.

  11. 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

    3 votes
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  12. 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.

    5 votes
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  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    3 votes
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  15. 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.

    5 votes
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  16. Bless U

    God Bless U...Self explanatory.

    4 votes
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  17. 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…

    4 votes
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  18. 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.

    13 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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.....:-)

    5 votes
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