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Improve the accessibility for screen readers for both the web and Visual Studio UI.

The web interface for Visual Studio Online is quite ppor with regards to using accessible standards for visually impaired screen reader users. Tabular information is not displayed using tables and many links and controls do not render as controls to a screen reader, but appear like plain text. Please consider the visually impaired screen reader user whenever developing web interfaces. The UI displayed within Visual Studio itself is very poor since the move to WPF and needs considerably more thought to make it work properly with screen readers.

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  • Frederick C. Monson, PhD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could NOT agree more with this issue. '
    At the right of my view, the Headers are visual , but the links are only clearly distinct at around 12 inches. I am 78 and have been looking at monitors since 1971. Accessibility must be in the hands of an eugenic devote.

  • Frederick C. Monson, PhD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The current trend in the use of low-contrast typography is creating accessibility problems for all web readers. C heck out: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480223.aspx for an example of thin strokes and bolder in the base of the 'U'. If I ever chose a text book for a class in anything I taught with this kind of typography, they would complain that the 'print' was really nasty and hard to read, and that would be at 10". A web page is no place on which to play games with the background and links that one has to use opera glasses to read. Look to the right for the almost invisible numbers of Accessibility (BOLD) that I can see only by leaning over the near edge of my desk to cut the normal 24" to about 16". The web for this user is becomming more and more - irrational.

  • AdminVisual Studio Team (Product Team, Microsoft Visual Studio) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi @Craig Brett - Thanks for adding your input as well. I totally agree and would encourage you to add specific examples to the appropriate categories within UserVoice for each area. If you could also leave a copy of the links here too so I can make sure the teams see that issues that would be helpful. If something is truly broken however, please log a bug on Connect as that's the best way to get some traction there.

    http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/

    Thanks!
    Cathy
    VS IDE Team

  • Craig Brett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Though I fully support this, being a screen reader using developer, this doesn't give solid examples, which can be acted upon, divided, fixed and shipped. Perhaps this item should be broken down into several suggestions? Or maybe that's just my modular way of thinking. I hope you don't take offence.

    Of course, that's assuming these ones lerking in the accessibility bit actually get read.

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