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Accessibility Feature in Windows 8 Consumer Preview
This is an article which gives you the information about Accessibility in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This accessibility feature is one of the most important feature which needs to mentioned when we talk about Windows 8 Consumer Preview. So read the article to know more about the Accessibility Feature of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is full of innovation and it's a feast for the peoples around the world who look for a change. Development team of Windows 8 Consumer Preview worked hard to bring the technology which can be used and enjoy the Features of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, even by the impaired peoples. The ultimate aim of the Microsoft is to use the use the metro style by the user in various devices like laptop, desktop, tablet, and touch enabled devices. And also by the peoples with disabilities should experience the metro UI and other features of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Most of the technologies which is available, is very difficult for the people with disabilities to experience the technology when it is released in public. So windows spend some time to find the way for the disabilities, so that they can also use the technology. So consumer preview holds some feature for the disabilities and they are as follows.
- Improve the technology in windows component, and provide good experience in metro UI.
- Provide developer tool for the base line, so that they can use windows apps right away from the app store.
- Engage the technology vendors to adopt windows 8 so that they can build new scenarios.
Before we check upon the accessibility which is available on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, let's go back for couple of years. New operating system named Windows 7 was launched, it also had some accessibility features for the disables. It holds the features like
• On screen key board
• Speech recognition
Narrator it's one of the feature which narrates the text and it's a built in reader. It is for the people with visual impairments. And many users say that the narrator works quickly and respond well to the user.
Magnifier is the technology, which is also for visually challenged peoples ie for low vision. To be precise It magnifies the screen according to the user, we can magnify the particular part of the screen or the whole screen to double of the original size. Some time it conflict with the system for color contrast.
On screen keyboard is pretty old feature, is adopted right from the windows xp. It display the keyboard in the monitor, the user with the help of mouse can type and enjoy the things.
Speech recognition took its revolution right from its Windows 7, it take some time to get used to the voice. By taking some test with the system, the speech technology, understand your voice and word usages. Instead by typing, we can control the system by our voice itself.
So what's new with windows consumer preview?
• New improved narrator to improve performance
• Additional global languages so that it can be flexible with all other peoples of the world
• Updated UI , which is user friendly to the people
How to configure the new narrator?
Narrator opens by ease of access, just follow the steps and create your own record. Go along with the steps and narrator speaks with you. Narrator has some new configuration options in Windows 8. You can select a voice, change the speed at which it speaks, create customizable commands, and specify some other aspects of Narrator's behavior.
In Windows 8 narrator has be redefined and along with new features and its very fast. In touch enable device its very simple for the blind to access the narrator, by holding the windows key and volume key the narrator starts to function. Once its running you can modify and control as you wish.
The next one is the magnifying the screen. Some people have low vision, in order to make the people comfortable the consumer preview comes along with the advanced narrator, throw which they can magnify to their needs. In touch enabled device we can magnify it by holding the both windows logo key+ and windows logo key -. But as of now no short cut key has been defined for normal system. One main advantage of the touch system is, we don't need any other hardware like mouse or keyboard to magnify, jus by fingers we can magnify them. Sometimes when we zoom to the max level, we feel hard to find confused to locate the place where we are, so in windows consumer preview it show the preview action , before to magnify to certain level and we can zoom back to normal position.
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