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RE: Windows 2K, slightly off-topic

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 08:54:50 -0400
Message-ID: <AF196F44735ED411B93A00508BDFB1080E4281@WDCROBEXC09>
To: 'Dick Brown' <dickb@microsoft.com>
Cc: 'WAI' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear Dick and Group,
Yes, Microsoft has apparently done wonders with Win2K, and yes, I’ve read
all I can from the Microsoft site.  And yes, Microsoft’s take on it is
pretty much the antithesis of third party.  The news is all so good I can’t
help but wonder what the catch is!  We’ve got Win2K in the office, but I
haven’t had the chance to play with it much.  Let me ask you my two tough
Of the software products listed in your ...aids.htm resource, less than half
are listed as being Win2K compatible.  (And this is Microsoft’s database
mind you.  Many of the listed compatible products are VERY obscure -- even
for someone who has been in the AT business for over ten years.)  How
quickly do you see this changing?  What is Microsoft doing to help?  Try to
be realistic, keep in mind that the AT hardware manufactures have been
extremely slow to adopt USB -- despite the obvious benefits for companies
that specialize in alternative keyboards and mice.  (In all fairness to
Microsoft, a number of excellent packages are already Win2K compatible, so I
am optimistic the everyone who wants to upgrade has that option.)  Aside
from JAWS, are there any screen readers available (from companies I am
likely to have heard from)?  Again, JAWS is a terrific product, I am just
trying to get a sense if consumers with disabilities really have many
product choices.
How good is the built-in voice Narrator?  Does Microsoft believe that it is
sufficient for someone who is blind but with, perhaps, modest expectations?
What Microsoft brand products does Narrator provide full access to?
Thanks very much,

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Dick Brown
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2000 12:02 PM
To: Bailey, Bruce; 'WAI'
Subject: RE: Windows 2K, slightly off-topic

Bruce, I know Microsoft isn't third-party, but you might check out the Win2K
section on our Accessibility site --
<http://microsoft.com/enable/products/windows2000/default.htm> . Also see
our catalog of third-party accessibility aids --
<http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/aids.htm> . The latter is
maintained by the vendors themselves, and many include information on
whether their product works with Win2K.
Dick Brown
Program Manager, Web Accessibility
Microsoft Corp.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bailey, Bruce 
Sent: Thu 9/21/2000 8:33 AM 
To: 'WAI' 
Subject: Windows 2K, slightly off-topic

Has anyone seen third-party reviews of Windows 2000 for its accessibility 
features and for its compatibility with existing assistive technology 
products?  Thank you. 

Received on Friday, 22 September 2000 08:55:35 UTC

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