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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.
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.
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.

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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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Why can't Narrator find the buttons in my HTML Windows Store app?
Hi, I had a reminder the other day about how important it is to keep both the visual and programmatic interfaces in mind, when building our apps&rsquo... more
Ten questions on programmatic accessibility
Hi, I’ve been thinking about a few of the questions I’ve heard over the last three months, on the subject of programmatic accessibility. S... more
How come I can't find a Text pattern for Notepad, when Inspect tells me it's there?
An interesting question arose recently from a dev building a C++ UIA client app which accesses text from Notepad. The Inspect SDK tools reports that N... more

Microsoft Accessibility Labs Blog

Microsoft Accessibility Labs shares the latest developments in accessibility.

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Accessibility Update for Windows 10 Mail
Microsoft is committed to delivering inclusive experiences. As CEO Satya Nadella recently wrote, we are proactively taking steps and implementing a st... more
Internet Video Captioning Standards Earn Emmy Awards
On Friday January 8, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards in Las ... more
Preview version of Learning Tools for OneNote now available
Today’s classrooms include students with a wide range of abilities. Educators are expected to adapt content to meet the needs of each of their s... more