Results from an informal usability study with an ASP.Net developer who has low vision

Last week, Aaron, our Accessibility Program Manager, and I did an informal usability study with a Visual Studio .Net 2003 user who has low vision. I shouldn’t say it was a usability study, since a usability study implies asking the user to perform certain tasks. Instead, we just discussed accessibility with Roger Van Houten, a…

0

References from CSUN Presentation “Accessibility in Visual Studio (“Whidbey”) and ASP.NET”

Microsoft Accessibilityhttp://www.microsoft.com/enable Accessibility Information for Developershttp://msdn.microsoft.com/nhp/default.asp?contentid=28000544 Microsoft Visual Studio Homepagehttp://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio FIX: DataGrid Made Compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;823030 GW Micro – Window Eyes Homepagehttp://www.gwmicro.com

0

“Testing for Accessibility” article moved to new location

My “Testing for Accessibility” article, also known internally as a “whitepaper”, is now found under UI Design and Development – Accessibility – Technical Articles at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnacc/html/accessibility_testing.asp.  I’m working with MSDN to get it copied back over to its original location under .NET Development, so eventually it will appear under both Accessibility and .NET Table of Contents.

0

What do you think about desktop customization?

Christopher Keroack, the Test Manager for the Windows Accessibility team, asked me if I could post the following: What do you think about desktop customization?  This can either be out of necessity (e.g. making fonts bigger, making UI easier to click with the mouse) or to personalize it (e.g. changing the desktop background). I’m especially…

0

What does IAccessible::get_accKeyboardShortcut() return?

If you said, “A Control’s Keyboard Shortcut”, that’s incorrect!   I get asked this question from time to time, so I’m going to share the answer here.   Let’s review a Keyboard Shortcut versus a Mnemonic.  A mnemonic is a control’s underlined letter or its access key.  A keyboard shortcut is a combination of keystrokes…

0

Which MSAA Properties Get Localized?

Let me answer this with a story… it began with a question in my inbox I hadn’t seen before, “Are standard windows scrollbars over-localized on non-ENU OS?”  A tester on my team had installed an English version of the product on a Japanese OS.  He noticed that the scrollbars within the English product had MSAA…

0

“Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key” does more than just hide underlined letters

You can find this control on the Display Properties – Appearance Tab – Effects dialog. It not only hides underlined letters, but also it can hide focus at certain times.  If you’ve ever wondered why focus appears sometimes and it doesn’t appear at other times, check out these scenarios:   To view this behavior, a…

0

More on the “Hide Underlined Letters” Checkbox Issue

Check out Saurabh’s post on the “hide underline letters” checkbox issue.  If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I figure out when to paint focus rectangle and when to draw string with mnemonics underlined?” Saurabh has the answer for both managed and unmanaged code.  Nice work Saurabh!

0

How to Retrieve Text Under the Mouse Cursor Using AA

Raymond Chen has a post with sample code on How to Retrieve Text under the cursor (mouse pointer) using MSAA.  The code sample include how to call AccessibleObjectFromPoint, IAccessible::get_accName, and IAccessible::get_accValue.

0

MsaaVerify – An Active Accessibility Testing Tool

Have you ever used AccExplorer or Inspect and wondered whether the information presented was correct? Have you ever wanted to know which controls really need Names, Keyboard Shortcuts, Descriptions, and so forth? It’s time to MsaaVerify! MsaaVerify will verify 9 Microsoft Active Accessibility properties for 10 Microsoft Active Accessibility Role types. It doesn’t matter whether…

0