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Microsoft has recently released Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6 Preview 6 which comes with several improvements. In this article, we will discuss the highlights of this release, including the improvements made to the Accessibility Checker, TextTransform.exe behavior, and developer community enhancements.


Visual Studio 2022 v17.6: Enhanced Accessibility Checker for Streamlined Development
Visual Studio 2022 v17.6: Improving Accessibility for All Users


What's new and improved in Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6 Preview 6?

XAML Accessibility Checker now provides Go To Source functionality

The Accessibility Checker has been enhanced with Go To Source functionality, which enables developers to easily identify and fix issues with their XAML code. When debugging MAUI or WPF projects, developers can navigate directly to the source for most detected issues using the Go To Source icon in the Accessibility Checker.


Double-clicking the row or pressing Enter while the row is selected will navigate to the XAML that defines the element. However, in some cases, the Accessibility Checker may not be able to navigate directly to the element but will attempt to get as close as possible, which may be a parent container.



The changed behavior of TextTransform.exe leads to broken build configurations

Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6 Preview 6 has also addressed an issue with the TextTransform.exe behavior that previously led to broken build configurations. TextTransform.exe is a command-line utility that generates code from a text template file, which is used to create classes, scripts, or other code files.


In previous versions, TextTransform.exe would not properly execute in some build configurations, leading to broken builds. However, with the latest release of Visual Studio 2022, this issue has been resolved, and TextTransform.exe should now work as expected.



Accessibility Checker Improvements

The Accessibility Checker is a vital tool for developers who need to ensure that their applications are accessible to users with disabilities. Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6 Preview 6 has made improvements to the Accessibility Checker to make it even more effective.


MAUI projects need to be debugged on local windows

Developers can now use the Accessibility Checker to navigate directly to the source for most detected issues when debugging MAUI or WPF projects. However, it's worth noting that MAUI projects need to be debugged on local windows to use the Accessibility Checker effectively.



End Note

Visual Studio 2022 version 17.6 Preview 6 is an exciting release that includes several important updates and improvements to the Visual Studio accessibility features. From the Go To Source functionality in the Accessibility Checker to the fix for the TextTransform.exe behavior, this release has a lot to offer developers.


If you haven't already, we encourage you to check out this latest release of Visual Studio 2022 and take advantage of all the new features and enhancements it offers. Do note that this update is still under the "Preview" release.


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