Accessibility on Windows 10

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Learn the main design principles for building accessible apps including, common control usage, keyboard accessibility, programmatic accessibility and respecting the user settings, as well as some accessibility solutions on Windows 10 including Narrator, High Contrast, Magnifier, Windows Speech Recognition and Closed Captions. This is an introduction to accessibility concepts for developers on Windows.

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    timsniffen

    It would be great if Microsoft could provide integration between Narrator and Windows Speech Recognition so that WSR could offer speech equivalents for Narrator commands when it is running.  I have worked with blind and low vision Veterans of all ages for 30 years and find many of them want to use WSR.  In the past, we have resorted to the old speech macros add-on for this, but find it an unstable solution; we have also used System Access from Serotek for people who needed this functionality because it can read Windows Speech Recognition's correction dialog, much as I hope Narrator will be able to do one day.

    Please consider integrating Narrator and WSR in this way and also provide blind users feedback from the WSR window so that they get confirmation that WSR has understood and carried out a command.

    I also ask you to consider developing AI for reading functionality for low vision and other users who can visually navigate Edge and modern apps but have difficulty reading long passages.   I one day hope to ask Cortana to "read that" on a web page and having her read the headline and story, much like the Reader function in Edge now displays this information.  Similara functionality in Mail, News, Sports and other apps would put Microsoft over the top in accessibility.

    Thank you for this presentation and for taking the time to read my feedback.

    Tim Sniffen, Assistive Technology SME, Department of Veterans Affairs

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    timsniffen

    It would be great if Microsoft could provide integration between Narrator and Windows Speech Recognition so that WSR could offer speech equivalents for Narrator commands when it is running.  I have worked with blind and low vision Veterans of all ages for 30 years and find many of them want to use WSR.  In the past, we have resorted to the old speech macros add-on for this, but find it an unstable solution; we have also used System Access from Serotek for people who needed this functionality because it can read Windows Speech Recognition's correction dialog, much as I hope Narrator will be able to do one day.

    Please consider integrating Narrator and WSR in this way and also provide blind users feedback from the WSR window so that they get confirmation that WSR has understood and carried out a command.

    I also ask you to consider developing AI for reading functionality for low vision and other users who can visually navigate Edge and modern apps but have difficulty reading long passages.   I one day hope to ask Cortana to "read that" on a web page and having her read the headline and story, much like the Reader function in Edge now displays this information.  Similara functionality in Mail, News, Sports and other apps would put Microsoft over the top in accessibility.

    Thank you for this presentation and for taking the time to read my feedback.

    Tim Sniffen, Assistive Technology SME, Department of Veterans Affairs

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    Broaddus​Nicole
    I agree with u both

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