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  1. Create wizzards to customize Ease of Access features

    Speech recognition has been included in Windows for the last vew versions. The wizard that is used to customize speech recognition is both a tutorial and a trainer for Windows.
    The "Make my computer easier easier to use" wizard collects disability data, but does not provide any way to specify how to make a specific feature "easier to use".
    Fro example, the keyboard can be customized using a wizard which asks the user to type successively more complicated series of keystrokes. Start with something like, "Type the following sentence" My dog has fleas." If the person has difficulty capitalizing the…

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    • set names and colors on edge tabs, for accessibility and productivity.

      Double click a edge tab and set a name and color, it would make it easier to tell what tab is what you need and help both disabled and enabled to do more.

      4 votes
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      • Continue Development/Engage With SwiftKey Symbols

        SwiftKey was recently acquired by MS - one of their greenhouse apps is SwiftKey Symbols providing keyboard input to non-literate (cognitively disabled) users - also AAC (speech output for aphasic users) on mobile devices. Would be fantastic to see this keyboard further developed/implemented across the wider Windows ecosystem and engagement from the MS Accessibility Teams - potential user group is larger than you might assume ~ 1% population.

        11 votes
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          Hi Simon,

          I wanted to follow up with you to give you an update on your request.

          Although we are a small team, we do have plans to develop SwiftKey Symbols further on the Android ecosystem. We have just released an update with the following features:

          - Admin mode, a separate location for editing the symbols to minimize distractions in the main communication app
          - Better image cropping support
          - RTL support with Arabic translations
          - Swipe predictions to hide them temporarily, to encourage creativity

          We have further plans to work on the accessibility of the app including contrast, resizing, and customizability. We also are thinking about how to enable sharing symbol collections for use in schools, and of course how we can expand from Android to other platforms. Initial investigation into the latter was not very promising and would take us a significant amount of time to do ourselves.…

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            Hello,

            Thank you for contacting us with your suggestion. Can you provide some more specifics about what you are looking for, such as what Internet browser or application you’re using, gestures, keystrokes you’re using, etc. as well as what you would like simplified?

            At Microsoft, we’re always interested and working to improve the user experience of our customers, especially those in the disabled community.

            Feel free to respond to this thread, as we are closely monitoring the User Voice forum.

            Thank you,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • Add an enable / disable button to the Magnifier controls window

            Currently you have to hit the - button to turn the magnification off. It would be more convenient to just hit one button to enable and disable Magnifier. Then it would return to the previous magnification zoom level used last when enabled.

            7 votes
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            • fix narrator in spanish

              When using narrator in Spanish, you cannot write properly because when it is On, the keyboard does not recognize accent marks, having to use Ascii in order to write well.

              5 votes
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                Hello,

                Thank you for the feedback.

                After installing the Anniversary update for Windows 10, do you still have an issue with Narrator and Spanish keyboards?

                If so, we will need to troubleshoot more to get to a point that we can understand what to address.

                Please contact eh Disability Answer Desk to work this issue further if desired. You can find contact info at http://support.microsoft.com/answerdesk/accessibility

              • Make F12 tools in Internet Explorer 11 or Edge accessible for screen readers again

                Please make the F12 tools in Internet Explorer (or an equivalent tool in Edge) accessible for screen readers, namely JAWS, again. These tools were accessible in IE version 9, but now it is impossible to effectively debug Javascript which is really a huge pain for us, blind Web developers. Thank you!

                21 votes
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                • 11 votes
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                    Hi Neil,

                    Thank you for getting in touch with us with your suggestion.

                    I understand that you want to see more user controls over Windows 7 themes. Can you provide us some additional detail with regards to what you are looking for, such as what elements you would like to see more control over and what that may look like (i.e. additional colors, user customization of colors for specific elements, etc.)?

                    Again, thank you for your comment as it’s very valuable to us to make our products more accessible to the disabled community.

                    Sincerely,

                    Erik Stearns
                    Accessibility Escalation Engineer

                  • Honor system-wide font size/color settings in ALL apps

                    Often times my font size/color settings in Windows apply to some programs but not all. I want to make a change once and have it improve my experience in all applications.

                    8 votes
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                      Hello,

                      Thank you for your feedback. I will be happy to submit this as a suggestion to the product group. However, I would like to make yo aware that individual apps have a lot of control on how they look on screen and do not necessarily conform to accessibility best practices guidelines. If you have a Microsoft app that is not behaving as you expect, please let us know.

                    • Touch screen needs a tweak to be a perfect keyboard for Repetitive Strain Injury.

                      The tablet touch keyboard is almost a perfect solution to repetitive strain injury. Needs a tweak!
                      Currently I am using one screen to type on, and 2nd monitor to use as the monitor. The touch keyboard keeps jumping to the active window rather than staying put on the screen below my fingers.
                      I have a MS Surface. I plug a 2nd monitor into it. I fold back the physical keyboard and type on the surface screen like a tablet. I have the external monitor in front of me with a Word document on it that I'm editing.
                      I should work…

                      5 votes
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                      • Bring back the detailed theme customization Win95 style

                        I'm missing the ability to fine tune appearance of system the way it was possible in Win95 and earlier versions. Both desktop and Store apps should be influenced by my settings

                        5 votes
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                        • Have more in-store workshops related to accessibility

                          I go to my local Microsoft store a lot and wish there were more frequent events related to the accessibility features of Microsoft products that I could attend and learn from.

                          6 votes
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                            Hello,

                            Thank you for your suggestion and feedback. Here are a couple of links that can provide some training for using some Microsoft products for users of accessible technology.
                            The first link below points to products older than Windows 10and Office 2016,; however, we are working hard to updates this information to include our latest products.

                            Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products
                            https://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/default.aspx

                            Accessibility in Office 365 – Office 365
                            https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Accessibility-in-Office-365-aca7accf-58a0-4467-be5c-24a7e7933a9d?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
                            I will make sure the right people receive your feedback with regards to more training in the retail stores.

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