Sara Ford's Weblog

My adventures embracing open source on CodePlex and at Microsoft

April, 2004

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    “Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key” does more than just hide underlined letters.

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    You can find this control on the Display Properties – Appearance Tab – Effects dialog. It not only hides underlined letters, but also it can hide focus at certain times. If you’ve ever wondered why focus appears sometimes and it doesn’t appear at other...
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    My Channel 9 Interviews have been posted

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    So far, 5 out of the 8 video interviews have been posted on Channel 9 : Accessibility and Visual Studio Are there some misperceptions of working at Microsoft that you’d like to correct? What does it mean to test? How many bugs a day do you find? Who decides...
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    What do you think about desktop customization?

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    Christopher Keroack, the Test Manager for the Windows Accessibility team, asked me if I could post the following: What do you think about desktop customization? This can either be out of necessity (e.g. making fonts bigger, making UI easier to click...
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    Tips for (Karate) Rank Testing

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    Today, i watched students in my dojo (training facility) test for different purple and brown belt Kyus (rank or level).  My sensei (karate teacher or head teacher) said that i could retest for second brown or 2nd Kyu, since the kata (form or series...
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    Accessibility is not a feature

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    This was one of the first things i learned about accessibility when i first started at Microsoft.  Aaron, my fellow blogger and partner in crime making Whidbey accessible, blogs more on Accessibility is not a feature .
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    More on the "hide underline letters" checkbox issue

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    Check out Saurabh’s post on the “hide underline letters” checkbox issue.  If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I figure out when to paint focus rectangle and when to draw string with mnemonics underlined?” Saurabh has the answer for both managed and...
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    How to Retrieve Text under the Mouse Pointer using MSAA

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    Raymond Chen has a post with sample code on How to Retrieve Text under the cursor (mouse pointer) using MSAA.  The code sample include how to call AccessibleObjectFromPoint, IAccessible::get_accName, and IAccessible::get_accValue
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    What does IAccessible::get_accKeyboardShortcut() return?

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    If you said, “A Control's Keyboard Shortcut”, that’s incorrect! I get asked this question from time to time, so I'm going to share the answer here. Let’s review a Keyboard Shortcut versus a Mnemonic. A mnemonic is a...
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    Which MSAA Properties Get Localized?

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    Let me answer this with a story… it began with a question in my inbox I hadn’t seen before, “Are standard windows scrollbars over-localized on non-ENU OS?” A tester on my team had installed an English version of the product on...
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    Visual Studio Team Biographies

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    Want to look up more blogs on Visual Studio?  Check out my team’s list of biographies at  http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/team/bios/ My bio is located at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/team/bios/ and my career bio listed on the Mathematical...
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    Karate Category Created

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    The shotoblog has challenged me to start blogging about karate. At first I thought a weblog had to be about one topic. But, I’m starting to think that it’s not a faux-pas to blog about non-Whidbey topics. (did I just use a triple negative in one sentence...
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    Check out Technical Careers @ Microsoft

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    Gretchen , a friend of mine from Microsoft Recruiting, has co-created a blog called Technical Careers at Microsoft . Definitely check it out if you're interested in what recruiting is like at Microsoft, helpful tips and tricks for interviewing and resumes...
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    Almost Scoblized

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    I’m not sure whether this counts for being scoblized or not.  Robert Scoble mentions in this post about my upcoming interview with Channel 9, but he didn’t link to my blog.  It feels like I’ve almost been scoblized. <smiles>  Two...
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    "Testing for Accessibility" article moved to new location

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    My “Testing for Accessibility” article, also known internally as a “whitepaper”, is now found under UI Design and Development - Accessibility - Technical Articles at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnacc/html/accessibility_testing...
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