Microsoft marked Global Accessibility Awareness Day yesterday by saying plans for improved accessibility options in Windows 10. The listed modifications primarily deal with accessibility options for these with low or no imaginative and prescient, together with textual content cursor customisation and fairly a number of enhancements to the Narrator characteristic. These modifications are scheduled as a part of the May replace for Windows 10.
The textual content cursor is getting a literal beef-up as Microsoft say many customers have instructed them the cursor is troublesome to search out when it’s too small and doesn’t distinction sufficient on textual content. You’ll be capable of improve the thickness of the cursor itself and add an indicator (seen above) with a customized measurement and colour to assist it stand out.
Windows 10’s inbuilt display screen reader Narrator is getting some enhancements as properly. They’ve aimed to make studying extra pure by “decreasing unnatural pauses and processing full sentences to help with correct pronunciation.” They’ve additionally redesigned Narrator sounds to enhance effectivity. “For instance, moderately than having to listen to ‘scan on’ or ‘scan off’ when switching between scan mode and different modes, now you possibly can select to listen to tones as a substitute of the phrases,” they are saying.
Narrator will now begin robotically studying internet pages from the highest. “Automatic studying is meant to enhance effectivity and provides customers confidence that the meant web page loaded.” You also can get a web page abstract on demand, which Microsoft say ought to assist perceive the complexity of a web page. Another hotly requested characteristic, they are saying, is the power to search out out the place a hyperlink goes earlier than clicking it to help with ambiguous hyperlink textual content like “click on right here”.
“While we’re excited to share our progress, we acknowledge that we have now extra work to do to create pleasant experiences for folks with disabilities,” say Microsoft “Thank you to the many individuals who’ve supplied suggestions—each constructive and constructive—to assist make Windows nice.” You can add your individual ideas by taking part within the Windows Insider Program.
There are lots extra particulars in Microsoft’s post together with extra on modifications to the Narrator, modifications to the Outlook mail software, and the improved Magnifier.