Microsoft reveals IE11 features to assist blind and visually impaired users

Microsoft included some improvements to its Windows Narrator screen reader feature when it launched Windows 8 in 2012 to help blind and visually impaired users to engage with the operating system. This week, as the launch of Windows 8.1 approaches, Microsoft has revealed some new features it is putting into Internet Explorer 11 that will work alongside Windows Narrator and other screen readers for those same users.

In a post on Microsoft's IE blog, it states that IE11 has seen some improvements for editing web-based emails and online documents. One will offer auto-correct for misspelled words in IE and another will inform the user of which letter has been deleted when the person says "backspace" in Windows Narrator.

IE11 also will help with formatting an email or document. Microsoft says, "For example, Microsoft Narrator says 'bold' and 'end bold' to let the user know that a section of text was emphasized with bold styling." You can see how that will work in the brief video clip below.

Microsoft has also improved support in IE11 for visually impaired users if they are accessing Input Method Editors, which are used to type East Asian languages using an English language keyboard. Basically, these editors let users type in English characters that correspond to the East Asian language they want to express phonetically, and then the user is shown a number of choices for the actual character in that language. Users can access IE11 with Input Method Editors and Windows Narrator can read those language character choices out loud.

Source: Microsoft

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Smart, MS knows what she does... Since only blind ppl would chose IE with that hideous font rendering.

Edited by Raylan Givens, Oct 11 2013, 3:01pm :

Raylan Givens said,
Smart, MS knows what she does... Since only blind ppl would chose IE with that hideous font rendering.

I prefer IE's font rendering.

Yes, on Windows 7 is kinda fine. On Windows 8/8.1 is totally broken and can hurt your eyes. The same applies to Metro UI, Metro Apps, Metro & Desktop IE.

When you'll realise what damage has been done at your eyes, it's gonna be too late.

Edited by Raylan Givens, Oct 11 2013, 3:42pm :

Raylan Givens said,
Smart, MS knows what she does... Since only blind ppl would chose IE with that hideous font rendering.

IE's rendering is 100x better than crapfox and chrome.

Raylan Givens said,
Yes, on Windows 7 is kinda fine. On Windows 8/8.1 is totally broken and can hurt your eyes. The same applies to Metro UI, Metro Apps, Metro & Desktop IE.

When you'll realise what damage has been done at your eyes, it's gonna be too late.


It is fine on Win 8 too.

Crimson Rain said,

I just checked. You can still disable ClearType; so the answer is no.

See? You don't know what you're talking about and this can only be bad for you, not for me. Cleartype has nothing to do anymore on Win8/8.1 ( on Metro UI, Apps, Metro & Desktop IE ). They implemented a new font rendering method.

Mate, just type "IE10 Fuzzy or Blurry fonts" and see for yourself. Your blind fanboism is gonna hurt your eyes.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...d748-485c-8b9c-4862806ea94a

Raylan Givens said,

See? You don't know what you're talking about and this can only be bad for you, not for me. Cleartype has nothing to do anymore on Win8/8.1 ( on Metro UI, Apps, Metro & Desktop IE ). They implemented a new font rendering method.

Mate, just type "IE10 Fuzzy or Blurry fonts" and see for yourself. Your blind fanboism is gonna hurt your eyes.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...d748-485c-8b9c-4862806ea94a


Me and many other people do not have these issues.
There is no blurred text, at least I've yet to encounter it on a single Win8 machine.

It exists for some people, I wont deny that. Don't need a list of threads of people that have these problems. There are over a 100million Win8 licenses out there and that little list isn't even a thousandth percentage.

Raylan Givens said,

See? You don't know what you're talking about and this can only be bad for you, not for me. Cleartype has nothing to do anymore on Win8/8.1 ( on Metro UI, Apps, Metro & Desktop IE ). They implemented a new font rendering method.

Mate, just type "IE10 Fuzzy or Blurry fonts" and see for yourself. Your blind fanboism is gonna hurt your eyes.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...d748-485c-8b9c-4862806ea94a


I don't really care what font rendering they are using. I have been using Win8 since dev preview without any font issues.

And I use 3 monitors in my desktop and have used 6 different model of monitors (including a CRT for a few days) since win8 dev preview.

Edited by Crimson Rain, Oct 12 2013, 2:29pm :

MikeInBA said,
the kind that FireFox, Opera, and Chrome have. Mouse gestures for navigating.

If you have a mouse and want "gestures" for navigating, just buy a mouse like naga hex and add hotkeys...