If you’re using Visual Studio and Accessibility Features and/or Assistive Technologies, please share with me your experiences.  Feel free to leave comments here with any issues, concerns, or bugs you’ve encountered.  This request has always been implied, but I thought it best if I made sure people were aware that they could use this blog as a forum for letting me know their experiences.  If you haven’t noticed already with previous posts, I’m committed to making Visual Studio .Net the best Integrated Development Environment for all programmers.

You will receive belated holiday cards from me (seriously!) if you can describe any customizations you make to Visual Studio, because of the Accessibility features / Assistive Technologies you are using.  For example, suppose you are using a screen reader, but you notice that every time you perform a build, the output window appears and the screen reader starts reading information you’re not really interested in hearing.  So, you customize Visual Studio to not show the output window during a build.  I’m interested in any and all Visual Studio customizations that you are making.

Accessibility Features include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • High Contrast (Control Panel – Accessibility Options – Display Tab)
  • Large Fonts or Extra Large Fonts (Display Properties – Appearance Tab)
  • Sticky keys (Control Panel – Accessibility Options – Keyboard Tab)

Assistive Technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Screen Readers
  • Screen Magnifiers
  • Braille Displays

My offer still stands about the holiday cards. =)