I got a request a few days ago to see about posting the code for the image rotator powertoy. Gary agreed to go ahead and release his code and you can get it here now. The link is at the bottom of this entry.

Another request that comes up every so often on the newsgroups is to restore the sample notebooks that come with OneNote. They are typically created in the \My Documents\OneNote Notebooks folder, but some people go ahead and clean them out from there as well. I've posted the Guide here. You can recreate the Work and Personal Notebooks by selecting File | New Notebook and choosing either Work or Personal from the template list. Oh, and this notebook today is in English. I'll also see about getting it uploaded to the www.microsoft.com/office site as well. The tester in me really wonders why so many users delete the Guide. I have no idea - disk cleanup and optimizer programs? I know the UI of OneNote can get crunched if you have many notebooks open, so closing it is easy to imagine. It's just the deletion I cannot understand.

In other testing news, we will be focused on Accessibility testing next week. We have a "bug bash" scheduled. Bug bashes are usually a lot of fun. Everyone gets turned loose for a day or two to push and stretch features in new ways and our planned testing is largely ignored for the bash. This is the time we get to answer "what if ?" Normally, we know the expected answer. For instance, with napkin math, if I type 6+4= and then hit the space key, I would expect 10 to get added right after the equal sign. With accessibility, I would check the font sizing matches, the screen readers could read it to me and font color as well. Once I started looking at font color, I would start playing with font colors, high contrast screen modes and seeing if I could somehow get the font to be invisible. Then I would start playing with the fonts of the 6, the + sign, the 4 and the = sign and setting them to be different sizes. I would expect the font of the 10 to be the same size (and font!) as the = sign, but maybe it should be the average of the font sizes used in the equation…

If you haven’t seen OneNote in high contrast mode, here is a quick sample:

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I know that is a little hard to follow, but it is also a creative way to have some fun with testing. I'm looking forward to this upcoming bash.

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,

John