Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Jan 2007 22:39 UTC
Microsoft The New York Times has taken a look at Microsoft Office 2007. "After a radical redesign, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are almost totally new programs. There are no more floating toolbars; very few tasks require opening dialog boxes, and even the menu bar itself is gone. (Evidently, even Microsoft saw the need for a major feature purge. 'We had some options in there that literally did nothing,' said Paul Coleman, a product manager.)"
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RE[2]: change
by Jemm on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 07:58 UTC in reply to "RE: change"
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2005-07-25

>Tell this to people who are disabled (especially blind or near-blind). These people use screen-magnifiers and have learned every single keyboard shortcut and menu-key-sequence in Office off by heart.

All the same keyboard shortcuts work and there are even more of them.

"All of the keyboard shortcuts in Office continue to work exactly as they did in previous versions. In fact, we're doing more in the UI to advertise the keyboard shortcuts and adding new ones based on usage data."
http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2005/10/13/480568.aspx
Update: http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2006/04/12/574930.aspx

Those pages also tell about the KeyTips that activate when Alt is pressed. Makes learning shortcuts even easier than before.

About screen readers, the latter link has this part:
"You can use the arrow keys and Tab to navigate the Ribbon, letting the accessibility aid (such as a screen reader) identify the controls you have selected. Because the Ribbon uses dialog box-like navigation, it provides enhanced accessibility compared to the old toolbars."

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