Internet Explorer 11 makes browsing the Web easier for blind and visually impaired users who rely on screen readers, such as Windows Narrator. With the editing and input improvements in IE11, screen readers can better inform users about the current content of an editing region, and typing with East Asian languages using an Input Method Editor (IME) is now easier. With these changes, IE11 improves the experience of the next generation of cloud-based applications for a growing portion of the world’s population.
IE11 improves editing in e-mail and online Web document applications by notifying screen readers about both automatic and user-initiated text changes. Here are a few examples of the new notifications in IE11:
With IE11, screen readers can share text formatting details with blind and visually impaired users
Input Method Editors (IMEs) are used to type East Asian languages using a typical English keyboard. For example, using the Japanese IME, a user can type a Japanese character phonetically (“su”), and the IME will display a list of candidates for the corresponding Japanese character (す). With IE11, screen readers can now read the candidate characters to the user. For example, in this video, Microsoft Narrator announces the list of candidates, along with the current target, as the user types “すし” (sushi). Users are also told when their candidate is finalized.
With IE11, screen readers can announce text input candidate characters from an IME
Web authors and users will get this functionality with all screen readers that have implemented the new capability.
IE continues to improve Web access for all users. With these new features, writing email and other documents is easier with IE while using a screen reader. Try it out now with Microsoft Narrator and IE11 on Windows 8.1. We look forward to receiving your feedback on Connect.
Ben PetersProgram Manager, Internet Explorer