Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Microsoft is committed to making its products and services easier for everyone to use. This topic provides information about the following features, products, and services that make Microsoft® Windows®, Microsoft Windows NT®, and Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Windows CE Edition 2.0 (SQL Server CE) more accessible for people with disabilities:
- SQL Server CE Accessibility Features
- Accessibility in Microsoft Windows
- Adjusting Microsoft Products for People with Accessibility Needs
- Assistive Technology Products for Windows
- Microsoft Documentation in Alternative Formats
- Customer Services for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
- Getting More Accessibility Information
Note The information in this section applies only to users who license Microsoft products in the United States. If you obtained this product outside the United States, your package contains a subsidiary information card listing Microsoft support services telephone numbers and addresses. You can contact your subsidiary to find out whether the type of products and services described in this section are available in your area. For more information available in the following eight languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, and Italian, see http://www.microsoft.com/enable/.
In addition to the Windows accessibility features and utilities described in the next section, the Help Viewer makes SQL Server CE more accessible for people with disabilities.
The Help Viewer
The Help Viewer for Microsoft HTML Help is the tool through which you read the product documentation. The tool is equipped with accessibility features, including shortcut keys for navigation and commands. The Help Viewer also uses some of the accessibility features of Microsoft Internet Explorer. For example, it allows you to change the colors of the display on your computer screen. For more information, see Using SQL Server CE Books Online.
Many accessibility features have been built into the Microsoft Windows operating system, starting with the introduction of Windows 95. These features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, are blind or have low vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The features can be installed during setup. The following sections provide more information about the various accessibility features of Windows XP Professional and Home, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium, Windows 98, and Windows 95.
Windows XP Professional and Home
Accessibility enhancements and improvements in Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Home Editions provide better integration with assistive technology products and richer communications. Accessibility improvements and other Windows XP Professional features make it easier for people with accessibility needs to work more efficiently. For more information about accessibility enhancements and features in Windows XP, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/accessibility/.
Microsoft Windows 2000 includes several accessibility tools to help people with disabilities configure and use business computers quickly, without additional software and hardware. Accessibility features from earlier versions of the Windows operating system are still included, and with the increased integration of Microsoft Active Accessibility®, many assistive technology products simply work better. For more information about accessibility in Microsoft Windows 2000, visit http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/.
Accessibility tools and features in Microsoft Windows Me offer people with disabilities greater immediate access and ease-of-use than ever before. Accessibility highlights include an expanded Accessibility menu and an enhanced Accessibility Wizard. For more information about accessibility in Windows Me, visit http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/.
Microsoft Windows 98 offers enhanced hardware support, home networking capabilities, improved online experience, and new accessibility features. For more information about accessibility Microsoft Windows 98, visit http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/.
Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0
Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 have several built-in accessibility features to help people with disabilities use computers more easily and effectively. For more information about accessibility in these operating systems, visit http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/.
Accessibility options and features are built into many Microsoft products, including the Windows operating system. Accessibility options and features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, are blind or have low vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Free Step-by-Step Tutorials
Microsoft offers a series of step-by-step tutorials to help you learn how to adjust the accessibility options and settings on your computer. The tutorials provide detailed procedures on how to adjust options, features, and settings to meet the needs of people with disabilities and accessibility needs. This information is presented in a side-by-side format so that you can see at a glance how to use the mouse, the keyboard, or a combination of both. Step-by-Step Tutorials for the following products are available at http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/.
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Home
- Microsoft Windows 2000
- Microsoft Windows Me
- Microsoft Windows 98
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5
- Microsoft Outlook 2002 (part of the Office XP suite)
- Microsoft Outlook 2000
- Microsoft Word 2002 (part of the Office XP suite)
- Microsoft Word 2000
A wide variety of assistive technology products are available to make computers easier to use for people with disabilities.
Microsoft provides a searchable catalog of assistive technology products that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems at http://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/.
Products available for the MS-DOS®, Windows, and Windows NT operating systems are:
- Programs that enlarge or alter the color of information on the screen for people with visual impairments.
- Programs that describe information on the screen in Braille or that provide synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading.
- Hardware and software utilities that modify the behavior of the mouse and keyboard.
- Programs that enable people to type by using a mouse or their voice.
- Word or phrase prediction software that allow people to type more quickly and with fewer keystrokes.
- Alternative input devices, such as single switch or puff-and-sip devices, for people who cannot use a mouse or a keyboard.
If you use an assistive technology product, be sure to contact your assistive technology vendor to check compatibility with products on your computer before upgrading. Your assistive technology vendor can also help you learn how to adjust your settings to optimize compatibility with your version of Windows or other Microsoft products.
Microsoft product documentation is available in alternative formats to help our customers with accessibility needs.
Obtaining Documentation for SQL Server CE
The documentation for SQL Server CE is available in an online format. For more information, see Using SQL Server CE Books Online.
Obtaining Documentation for Additional Microsoft Products
You can obtain accessible documentation for Microsoft products from the Microsoft Accessibility Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/docs/.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
In addition, you can obtain additional Microsoft publications from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. These documents are distributed to registered, eligible members of the distribution service on audiocassettes or floppy disks. The collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press®. For information about eligibility and availability of Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press, contact:
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone from within the United States: (800) 221-4792
Phone from outside the United States and Canada: (609) 452-0606
Fax: (609) 987-8116
If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, complete access to Microsoft product and customer services is available through a text telephone (TTY/TDD) service.
You can contact the Microsoft Sales Information Center on a text telephone by dialing (800) 892-5234 between 6:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
For technical assistance in the United States, you can contact Microsoft Product Support Services on a text telephone at (800) 892-5234 between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. In Canada, dial (905) 568-9641 between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Microsoft support services are subject to the prices, terms, and conditions in place at the time the service is used.
Information about assistive technology for improving the lives of people with disabilities is provided at the Microsoft Accessibility Web site at www.microsoft.com/enable/. The information on this site benefits people with disabilities and their friends and family members, people in outreach organizations, educators, and advocates.
A free monthly electronic newsletter is available to help you keep up to date with accessibility topics about Microsoft products. To subscribe, visit http://www.microsoft.com/enable/news/subscribe/default.asp.