Computer Corner: Windows 7 and AccessibilityBy Larsen, Kurt; PN: Paraplegia News, Vol. 64, No. 7, pp. 43-45
Publication Date: July 2010
Product review discusses the accessibility to users with disabilities of the Windows 7 computer operating system (OS). Advantages of the OS noted are (1) an enhanced user-interface automation application programming interface (API) that allows technology such as trackballs or “sip and puff” devices to more fully use the OS; (2) native support for touch control; (4) built in voice recognition; and (4) the Ease of Access center located in the Control Panel, formerly labeled Accessibility Options, which, based on results of an optional questionnaire, provides a personalized recommendation of the accessibility settings and programs likely to improve the user’s ability to see, hear, and use the computer. The article includes an interview with the director of the Accessibility Center of Excellence at Microsoft, discussing the involvement of people with disabilities in the development of accessible products and services, by participation in focus groups, testing of beta programs, and input during discussions at conferences.
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