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Microsoft SharePoint is a content management server which can be used to host web sites that access shared workspaces, information stores and documents, as well as host defined applications such as wikis and blogs.

 

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Accessible Technology in Computing: Examining Awareness, Use, and Future Potential

Presents new findings about the use of computers among individuals with difficulties/impairments. It also discusses factors that influence the use of computers and accessible technology and includes data about the current awareness and use of accessible technology. This report concludes with a forecast of growth in the demand for accessible technology and an overview of the opportunities for the IT industry to make accessible technology easier to discover and use.

Microsoft (2004). Articles>Accessibility>Technology

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Avoiding Automatic Refresh

Describes an alternative to automatic page refresh in HTML. Automatic page refresh can confuse users with cognitive disabilities when a page reloads without the user's request. This article provides you with instructions on how to apply explicit manual control of page refreshing.

Microsoft (2003). Design>Web Design>Accessibility>DHTML

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Avoiding Automatic Refresh

Describes an alternative to automatic page refresh in HTML. Automatic page refresh can confuse users with cognitive disabilities when a page reloads without the user's request. This article provides you with instructions on how to apply explicit manual control of page refreshing.

Microsoft (2003). Design>Accessibility>Web Design

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Behind the Curtains: Table Styles

Table Styles are my favorite type of Style in Word. They allow you to quickly and consistently format the table itself (e.g. borders, shading, etc.), the content within the table (E.g. line spacing, font color, font size, etc.), and they can also can tell a table when to do these (e.g. shade every other row, bold text in the first column, etc.). The first two enable you to create really rich tables, and the last one (which I'll call Conditional Formatting for the rest of this post) enables you to easily work with those rich tables. Both are quite important.

Microsoft (2008). Articles>Document Design>Style Sheets>Microsoft Word

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Building Blocks

Building Blocks are reusable chunks of a Word document. They can contain any thing a Word document can contain, including pictures, shapes, fields, and even other building blocks.

Boyer, Jodie. Microsoft (2008). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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Can Color-Blind Users See Your Site?

Information that will help you to create more readable Web sites.

Hess, Robert. Microsoft (2000). Design>Web Design>Accessibility>Color

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#25969

Captions and Audio Descriptions for PC Multimedia

This article discusses the various types of captions, when to use captions, as well as the various types of audio descriptions.

Microsoft (2002). Design>Multimedia>Accessibility>Audio

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Captions and Audio Descriptions for PC Multimedia

This article discusses the various types of captions, when to use captions, as well as the various types of audio descriptions.

Microsoft (2002). Articles>Multimedia>Documentation

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#25973

Cascading Style Sheets

Web authors gain unprecedented control over the look of documents with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This section contains a list of articles that are available for CSS in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Microsoft (2000). Design>Web Design>CSS

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Character Design Standards

The purpose of the Character Design Standards is to state the general rules for character shapes in Latin based languages in digital fonts. Primarily defining the guidelines designers use for character alignments, both vertical and horizontal and how these relate to other similar characters or character groups.

Microsoft (1999). Design>Typography>Fonts>Online

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Configuring Information Rights Management for Messaging in Outlook 2003

Information Rights Management (IRM), a new feature in Microsoft® Office 2003, can help prevent sensitive information from being distributed to or read by people who do not have permission to access the content. In Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003, users can create and send e-mail messages with restricted permission to help prevent messages from being forwarded, printed, or copied and pasted. Microsoft Office 2003 documents, workbooks, and presentations that are attached to messages with restricted permission are automatically restricted as well.

Microsoft (2004). Articles>Software>Email>Security

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Console Accessibility

This white paper is intended to show how the console Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can be used to programmatically access information about the console and applications running under the console in Windows XP.

Microsoft (2001). Articles>User Interface>Accessibility>Microsoft Windows

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Console Accessibility

This paper outlines the requirements for console accessibility in Microsoft Windows XP.

Microsoft (2001). Design>Accessibility>Software

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The Convergence of the Aging Work Force And Accessible Technology

This paper discusses the effects of America’s aging work force on business growth and productivity and illustrates how accessible technology can equip employers and mature workers to face the challenges posed by this demographic trend.

Mosner, Ellen and Craig Spiezle. Microsoft (2004). Articles>Web Design>Accessibility>Elderly

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Convince the Crowd With Presentations and Diagrams

Why just get by with a boring presentation when you can create a dynamite Microsoft Office PowerPoint® presentation or a colorful Microsoft Office Visio® diagram? Get ready to impress the big boss or the new team with simple ideas that go a long way.

Microsoft. Articles>Presentations>Software>Microsoft PowerPoint

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#25972

Create More Accessible UI with Dynamic Annotation

This article discusses dynamic annotation (DA), a feature that allows developers to improve the accessibility of their user interface.

Microsoft (2000). Design>User Interface>Accessibility

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Creating Text Equivalents for Images

This article is for developers and content editors seeking to supplement the visual elements of a user interface with text equivalents. This article describes what text equivalents are, why they are required, how to create them, and the best approach to writing and editing them.

Microsoft (2002). Design>User Interface>Accessibility>Visual

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#26366

Creating Text Equivalents for Images

This article is for developers and content editors seeking to supplement the visual elements of a user interface with text equivalents. This article describes what text equivalents are, why they are required, how to create them, and the best approach to writing and editing them.

Microsoft (2002). Articles>Accessibility>Software

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DHTML References

The reference material accessed through the following links will help you to create compelling Dynamic HTML (DHTML) Web pages.

Microsoft (2002). Resources>Web Design>DHTML

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A Disagreeably Facetious Type Glossary

For the amusement and edification of people beginning a love affair with fonts.

Microsoft (1998). Design>Typography

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Encrypting Documents

How you can be like a super secret CIA agent and encrypt documents using Word 2007.

Microsoft (2008). Articles>Word Processing>Security>Microsoft Word

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Engineering Software for Accessibility   (Word)

If a majority of your users could benefit from your product being accessible, doesn’t it just make sense to build an accessible product? If you have decided to do so, you are sending a message to your customers that their needs matter. Populations in many countries are getting older. Civil rights for people with disabilities are gradually being extended to encompass digital inclusion. Governments are requiring procurement officials to purchase products that are the most accessible (mandated in the U.S. by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act). For technology producers, creating accessible products is just the right thing to do, and it makes good business sense.

Grieves, Jason and Masahiko Kaneko. Microsoft (2009). Books>Accessibility>Programming>User Interface

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#33465

Error Message Guidelines

An error message is text that is displayed to describe a problem that has occurred that is preventing the user or the system from completing a task. The problem could result in data corruption or loss. Other message types include confirmations, warnings, and notifications. The guidelines in this topic are intended to help you write clear error messages that are easy to localize and useful for customers.

Microsoft (2006). Articles>Documentation>Writing>Technical Writing

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Examining World Wide Web Designs--Lessons from Pilot Studies

Since 1994, our faculty and graduate students have studied a variety of design issues critical to enhancing the effectiveness of World Wide Web (WWW) sites. Guided by earlier literature from such wide-ranging disciplines as information design, text legibility, hypertext, multimedia, interface design, human computer interaction, and communication science, we have completed five studies. Further, we developed a research protocol designed to enhance the effectiveness of WWW sites for education and information delivery. Our research protocol was guided by Berger and Chaffee's (1987) communication science orientation where communication science seeks to understand the production, processing, and effects of symbol and signal systems by developing testable theories, containing lawful generalizations, that explain phenomena associated with production, processing and effects.

Zimmerman, Donald E., Michel Muraski, Michael Palmquist, Emily Estes, Catherine McClintoch and Linda Bilsing. Microsoft (1996). Design>Web Design>Usability

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Field Oriented Design Techniques: Case Studies and Organizing Dimensions   (PDF)

An article of faith among members of the CHI community is that successful design stems from the synthesis of a profound understanding of users' work and the capabilities offered by technology.

Wixon, Dennis and Judith A. Ramey. Microsoft (1995). Design>User Centered Design>Methods

 
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