OneNote is changing to advantage users with prophesy and mobility impairments, Microsoft announced Thursday. The redesign will place navigation on a left-hand rail, where shade readers and Microsoft’s possess Narrator will find it some-more accessible.
The redesign will ask to what Microsoft calls a Windows 10 (or UWP) chronicle of OneNote, as good as a versions for iOS and Android, a Mac, and a Web. The normal Win32 chronicle of a program will apparently sojourn unaffected.
Microsoft pronounced a redesign will streamline a demeanour and feel of OneNote opposite platforms, so that changes done to a ask on a iPad, for example, will uncover adult on a Windows 10 PC. By fixation a navigation on a left-hand rail, screen-reading utilities can simply navigate by a app to assistance those with prophesy impairment, Microsoft pronounced in a blog post.
Microsoft has already built assistance for a visually or mobility-impaired directly into Windows 10, with a hands-free, Cortana-driven out-of-the-box setup experience. In a arriving Fall Creators Update, Microsoft pronounced Thursday that it skeleton to supplement a underline that lets Windows 10’s Narrator duty explain keyboard commands and review apps some-more like a webpage Windows will even use appurtenance training to “read” images and yield descriptions where nothing are available.
While a OneNote redesign is dictated to assistance those who need programmed assistance, it appears to sack a estimable volume of shade genuine estate. In OneNote 2016, a user has a choice of displaying notebooks and sections along a tip of a page, or even banish a navigation to a drop-down menu in full-screen mode. In a redesign, a 3 navigation elements in a OneNote hierarchy—Notebooks, Sections, and Pages—each have a earthy mainstay clinging to them. The area to jot records appears to have been almost reduced, and a full-screen workspace idol does not appear.
Video of a new changes within Microsoft’s blog post, however, appears to uncover one or only dual columns in use, suggesting a columns will possibly “fly out” or restrict when not in use. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a ask for comment.
What we’d wish for: Placing OneNote’s navigation on a left-hand rail to advantage shade readers creates sense, and a choice to boost a distance of a UI does, too. Ideally Microsoft will strike some concede between users who need a incomparable interface, however, and those whose work competence be visually detained by incomparable navigation elements.