A quick update on the OneNote Accessibility pass (which hasn’t happened yet)

    The accessibility focus effort got moved. I mentioned that we were going to be completing this task a few weeks ago and have received a few emails and comments wanting a follow up. I don't want to keep anyone hanging and figured I should let you know it just hasn't happened yet. I'll let you know when it does.

    Some of the tasks for the week I really look forward to. Personally, running at 120 DPI (dots per inch) simply makes the screen more readable for me. I bought my first laptop in 2003 and remember noticing it was the first machine I had ever seen that had this setting as the default. Office does not stop at 120 DPI, though. For Office 2007, we tested all the way to 192 DPI. And as a general rule, applications get very hard to use past 150 DPI or so. In case you haven't changed these settings yourself, here is what a typical Options page in OneNote looks like at 96 DPI:


    And here is what the dialog looks like at 192 DPI:


    The text and buttons obviously larger. Check out http://www.microsoft.com/enable for more information about high DPI. Things to look for (ie, "bugs") would be truncated text, captions that do not fit in labels, buttons that draw off screen and which simply cannot be displayed - even with scroll bars, text that does not resize, etc…

    The automation time we are focusing on is going well. We're getting the last of the automation scripts which were based on the UI converted to "white box" style tests and are completing some other tasks that have built up over the last few months. If I can just get caught up on these tasks, I feel another powertoy coming on…

    Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


Comments (3)

  1. Krenn says:

    Good to see DPI settings getting tested! Too often apps don’t display well at anything besides standard resolution.

    I usually run my desktop at 108, especially when testing – that exposes lazy developers who just check normal and/or large fonts.

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