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October 4, 2021

Making Windows 11 the most inclusively designed version of Windows yet

By

  • Carolina Hernandez, Windows Accessibility Leader

Earlier in the year my colleague Jeff Petty shared with you the accessibility improvements and features that were coming to Windows 11. Now that the day is here, I wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain at our accessibility journey and how our team made Windows 11 the most inclusively designed version of Windows yet.  

Our ambition: Beyond possible, efficient, and yes, delightful 

It all starts with our ambition: Here in the Windows team, we aspire to create efficient, fun and delightful experiences for people with disabilities and without. We root our ambition in the principles of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people with different abilities, needs and preferences. Within Windows 11, this commitment led to a host of innovations – but I’ll focus on just three here:   

  • Reimagining what contrast themes could look like 
  • Rethinking Windows sounds to make them calmer and more informative 
  • Reframing our Ease of Access settings explicitly as Accessibility  

Inclusion in both function and form 

High Contrast themes in Windows 10 were designed to provide maximum differentiation between text, backgrounds and elements on the screen for people with low vision and light sensitivity. And they did that – maybe a little too well. We heard from our customers that these themes created an othering experience; that they were too blunt a tool. They needed contrast – but [...]

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