Thank you Tennessee for making me proud to come from a state rumored to have removed fractions from high school curriculum

Last night, MSNBC reported on a Tennessee protest about a disabled man who was forced to crawl up the courthouse stairs for his court appearence, because the courthouse did not have a ramp or elevator.  When the man refused to crawl up the stairs for his second court appearance, the judge had him arrested for failure to appear…

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Talk to me if you use Visual Studio and Accessibility Features and/or Assistive Technologies

If you’re using Visual Studio and Accessibility Features and/or Assistive Technologies, please share with me your experiences.  Feel free to leave comments here with any issues, concerns, or bugs you’ve encountered.  This request has always been implied, but I thought it best if I made sure people were aware that they could use this blog…

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Visual Studio Window Docking

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve decided to use this blog to talk about topics besides Accessibility.  I’ve just recently taken ownership of window docking in Visual Studio, including tool windows and files opened in the editor space. In VS 2002, 2003 (Everett), and Whidbey Alpha, window docking includes tool window docking, undocking,…

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Whidbey VS Settings Category Created

I’ve finally made up my mind to blog here about other VS features, instead of just Accessibility.  Note that I’m not calling Accessibility a feature by any means.  Accessibility is just like Localization, Security, Logo, and so forth – it is a standard.  Feel free to contact me or comment here if you disagree =)…

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Normal, Unavailable, Offscreen, and Invisible AA States Explained

I’m often asked about the relationship among Normal (same as Visible), Unavailable, and Offscreen, and Invisible AA States. Here’s my best guess at an explanation. What the docs say Starting with the MSAA Docs on Object State Constants, the following terms are defined as follows: STATE_SYSTEM_NORMAL – Indicates that the object does not have another…

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Watch Out for these Unpopular Accessibility Bugs

I attended a few get-togethers with some Assistive Technology vendors a while back when they were on campus for an Accessibility conference. While eating dinner with one particular AT vendor, I had asked him what we, Visual Studio , could do to improve our Assistive Technology compatibility story. Next thing I knew, I was writing…

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Visual Studio Core Team’s Accessibility Lab Tour Activity

What s the Accessibility Lab? The Accessibility Technology Group on campus has a lab with numerous licensed-versions of Assistive Technologies (ATs), including Motion Trackers, Screen Readers, Screen Magnifiers, Braille Displays, Speech Recognition, and so forth.  Their lab is opened to any team or person on Microsoft campus interested in using Assistive Technology.  Using their lab…

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Testing for Accessibility: Keyboard, High Contrast, and Assistive Technology Compatibility

Consider this my testament as an Accessibility Tester. I am a Software Designer Engineer in Test on the Visual Studio Core Team. My team owns the critical aspects of the integrated shell, and I am responsible for the quality of the shell’s Accessibility. When I first started Accessibility testing two years ago, I had never…

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