Accessibility improvements coming to Visual Studio

Citing the significance of “inclusive style and design,” Microsoft needs to increase the accessibility of its Visible Studio IDE, with capabilities this sort of as more audio cues and a concentration manner under consideration.

When the organization will request feed-back from users, a few suggestions previously have emerged as feature choices, Microsoft reported on June 29. One particular is growth of audio cues, which has benefitted the visually impaired and the blind neighborhood. Microsoft pointed out that some workflows would reward from more audio cues, and that a richer setting could be provided for hooking up audio cues to occasions in Visible Studio.

Other accessibility attributes under consideration contain:

  • A concentration manner to enable developers to tune out notifications and distractions at occasions, akin to mobile phones obtaining “Do Not Disturb” modes to minimize distractions. Microsoft is inquiring what varieties of distractions would be filtered out. Home windows ten previously has a “Focus Assist” manner to minimize notifications.
  • Whitespace rendering controls to enable users to specify the render width of indentation regardless of regardless of whether areas or tabs are employed in the file. This could help the visually impaired.
  • A new functionality in the Selections dialog to restrict the displayed solutions to only all those obtaining to do with accessibility. This feature also could be extended to locations this sort of as stability or privacy. With this functionality, developers would come across it simpler to come across groups of similar solutions to customise their encounter.

In in search of feed-back, Microsoft reported it needs to know what behaviors in Visible Studio restrict productiveness, regardless of regardless of whether the concern falls into the group of “accessibility” or not.

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