Monday, January 23, 2006

Google Asked to Make Its Visual Word Verification Accessible

Word verification limits accesibility...

"An online petition is being circulated to all Internet users for the purpose of collecting signatures showing support for Google to make its word verification scheme accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) January 17, 2006 -- We at the Blind Access Journal call upon all Internet users to sign the Google Word Verification Accessibility Petition found at http://www.petitiononline.com/captcha asking Google to provide an accessible alternative to the visual verification scheme that currently locks the blind and visually impaired out of participation in all the company's services. Google's implementation of word verification currently denies us access to such important features as the ability to create accounts and blogs, change our passwords, and post comments to most blogs that use the Blogger service. Accessible solutions to visual verification have already been put in place by such companies as America Online, Microsoft, PayPal and SpamArrest. We ask Google to follow this lead with an audio playback implementation now, followed by the creation of new innovative approaches that meet the needs of all users, including the deaf-blind population.

After allowing sufficient time to collect a significant number of signatures, the signed petition will be sent, via certified mail, to Dr. Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO. Visual verification without accessibility represents a growing, immediate clear and present danger to the continued ability of the blind and visually impaired to participate in all the Internet has to offer on terms of equality with our sighted peers. Let's all sign this petition and do all we can to urge Google to make the situation right by following the company's own mission statement to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" by allowing participation for everyone."   continued ...   (Via PRWeb)

Word verification hinders accessibility - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Word verification hinders accessibility

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe these people should come up with an idea of just how google should do this.

Are they going to petition the TV stations so they can somehow watch TV?

There's just too many spam bots, and just about anything that could help a sighted person verify themselves, a spam bot could 'read' as well.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Mal said...

A computer generated sound file would seem the obvious answer.

9:58 AM  

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