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Programming for Ease of Access
The Ease of Access Center brings together functionality for accessibility and ease of use and enables users to configure their computers to suit their physical and cognitive needs.
Making Custom Controls Accessible
Learn how to make a custom control accessible. Techniques range from creating or overriding properties with Dynamic Annotation, to using the new IAccessibleEx interface to add UI Automation support to controls that already support Microsoft Active Accessibility.
Text-to-Speech: Accessibility Feature for Silverlight 3.0 Applications
Learn how to create accessible Silverlight 3.0 applications using text-to-speech functionality.
Engineering Software for Accessibility: Resources by Chapter
Links to additional resources that support Engineering Software for Accessibility
Left-Handed Mouse Pointers
These left-handed Windows Vista mouse pointers are designed for left-handed users. They point to the right, instead of the left, which may feel more natural for left-handed users. The pointers are available in three sizes--standard, large, and extra-large.
Bull's Eye Mouse Pointer
This circular mouse pointer changes into a red bull's eye when you hover over clickable controls on a Web page.
Windows Automation API Overview
This overview highlights the similarities and differences between Microsoft Active Accessibility and UI Automation, describes the components and features that enable the two technologies to work together, and provides guidelines for choosing which technology to implement.

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UI Accessibility Checker
UI Accessibility Checker (or AccChecker) enables testers without prior experience to easily discover accessibility problems with Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) and other user interface(UI) implementations for Windows.
MsaaVerify is a testing tool that verifies whether properties and methods off of the IAccessible interface (aka Microsoft Active Accessibility) meet the guidelines specified in the MSAA documentation on MSDN.
UI Automation Verify (UIA Verify) Test Automation Framework
UIA Verify is a test automation framework that facilitates manual and automated testing of the Microsoft User Interface (UI) Automation Provider implementation of a control or application.
Webcam-based Laser Tracking for Human-Computer Interaction
This project presents an alternate way to communicate with computers using a laser pointer.
NLarge is a for technical presentations. It magnifies the screen through a smooth animation and allows you to pan and zoom around the magnified screen.
Multi-Touch Vista
Multi-Touch Vista is a user input management layer that handles input from various devices (touchlib, multiple mice, etc.) and normalizes it against the scale and rotation of the target window.

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Reaching out via Twitter and Facebook
Windows Developer Content and Community team is sharing news and guidance for Windows developers via Twitter and Facebook.
Imagine Cup 2008: Interview with Surya Vanka
Microsoft's Annuska Perkins and Surya Vanka chat about the Imagine Cup's new accessibility category in the Interface Design competition and its impact on the industry's future developers.
Imagine Cup 2008: Interview with Tracy Gray
Microsoft's Annuska Perkins and NCTI Director Tracy Gray talk about the new accessibility category in the Interface Design competition and chat about the National Center for Technology and Innovation's focus for the future.
ICCHP 2008: Interview with Jim Fruchterman
Microsoft's Annuska Perkins interviews Jim Fruchterman about Benetech's project.
Using UI Automation to Build a Screen Reader, Part 5
Part 5 of a five-part podcast series.
Using UI Automation to Build a Screen Reader, Part 4
Part 4 of a five-part podcast series.
Using UI Automation to Build a Screen Reader, Part 3
Part 3 of a five-part podcast series.
Using UI Automation to Build a Screen Reader, Part 2
Part 2 of a five-part podcast series.

Windows UI Automation Blog

The official blog of the Microsoft Windows UI Automation & Accessibility Team.

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Let your customers know what's going on by leveraging the XAML LiveSetting property
Your customers who are blind or have low vision use screen readers like Narrator to inform them of what's going on in your app. Narrator will always d... more
Giving your XAML element an accessible name: Part 3 – Other interesting ways
1. Set the accessible name for an element from the accessible name of another element Sometimes you want the accessible name of an element to always b... more
Giving your XAML element an accessible name: Part 2 – Set the AutomationProperties.Name
The AutomationProperties class is a really, really handy way to set some accessibility-related properties on an element in XAML. Its Name property can... more

Microsoft Accessibility Labs Blog

Microsoft Accessibility Labs shares the latest developments in accessibility.

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Disability Answer Desk Phone Support Expands to 11 Countries
The Disability Answer Desk is a team of Windows and Office Support Agents who specialize in assisting customers with disabilities as well as accessibi... more
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship Winner Has a Passion for Technology and Biomedical Engineering
By almost any measure, Tara Blair was an exceptional high school student. She was in the top five percent of her class, co-founder of her school&rsquo... more
Learn How Microsoft Office Can Make Your Materials More Accessible
A new story over on the Office Blogs shows how Office can make documents, spreadsheets and other materials more accessible for people with disabilitie... more