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"Custom Narration of a Control List via Data Binding" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventor Canitz, James Andrew (Kirkland, WA), filed on February 19, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Microsoft Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Generally, a software application being executed by a computer may interact with a user via a graphical user interface. The user may use a touchpad, keyboard, mouse, or other input device to enter commands to be carried out by the software application. The graphical user interface may present links, controls, data, or other interactive options to the user in a visual form such as text or images. A person with impaired vision may then be unable to satisfactorily interact with the software application."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that is further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter.

"Embodiments discussed below relate to using data binding to associate an item control label with a control list item. The user interface narrator may use a narration control of an operating system to vocalize a user interface of an application module. The user interface narrator may receive from the application module a control list item associated with an item control label via an item data binding. The user interface narrator may vocalize the item control label with the narration control.


"In order to describe the manner in which the above-recited and other advantages and features can be obtained, a more particular description is set forth and will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, implementations will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings.

"FIG. 1 illustrates, in a block diagram, one embodiment of a computing device.

"FIG. 2 illustrates, in a block diagram, one embodiment of a software application interaction.

"FIG. 3 illustrates, in a block diagram, one embodiment of a graphical user interface.

"FIG. 4 illustrates, in a block diagram, one embodiment of data binding.

"FIG. 5 illustrates, in a flowchart, one embodiment of a method for presenting a control list item to a narration control.

"FIG. 6 illustrates, in a flowchart, one embodiment of a method for vocalizing a control list item with a narration control."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Canitz, James Andrew. Custom Narration of a Control List via Data Binding. Filed February 19, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Microsoft Corporation, Software.

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Source: Computer Weekly News

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