IE11 makes browsing for the Blind & Visually Impaired, easier

Windows 8 includes several accessibility features that make working with the computer a lot easier for the challenged. Starting with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 11 has made things even easier for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Those of you who rely on accessibility tools and screen readers like the Narrator, will find that browsing the web with Internet Explorer 11 is a lot easier now. The built-in Windows Narrator now includes editing and input improvements in IE11, that can better inform users about the current content of an editing region, and typing with East Asian languages using an Input Method Editor (IME).

IE11 also improves the experience of the next generation of cloud-based applications.

A post on MSDN highlights the improvements that have been made in Internet Explorer 11 that will make things even easier for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

IE11 improves editing in e-mail and online Web document applications by notifying screen readers about both automatic and user-initiated text changes.

Some examples of the new notifications are:

  1. Auto-correct: Internet Explorer auto-corrects misspelled words.
  2. Backspace: Along with announcing ‘backspace’ IE11 notifies which letter was deleted.
  3. Formatting: IE11 provides more detailed notifications about formatting of the message.

Along with these added capabilities, Internet Explorer 11 also includes better input with East Asian Languages.

With all these new features added to Internet Explorer 11, writing email and other documents has become much easier now.

If you have used this feature in IE11 on Windows 8.1, let us know what you think of it.

Have dexterity and mobility impairments? Activate a window by hovering over it with your mouse or learn how to use the Windows computer without a keyboard or mouse. Having trouble seeing things on your computer screen? You can use the Windows  Magnifier, make the Windows Cursor more visible and even make text easier to readNeed more help? You can download the Windows 8 Accessibility Guide or the Windows, Office, Internet Explorer Accessibility Guide.

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One Comment

  1. jabtano

    I enjoyed the browser from start much more before the 8.1 update. Now is crashes all the time not serious in the way of lock up’s it just closes back to my start desktop..Though I haven’t had any issues with IE11 while using it within Windows mail.

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