New Anti-Spam Hurdles Bad For The Blind
from the oops dept
It’s becoming increasingly popular for sites that have sign-up options to include special visual hurdles (often called Captchas) that require a human to type in a series of random letters shown in a randomly generated image. The idea is that this requires a human to decipher, and makes it much more difficult for an automated system (such as a spambot) to register. The problem with this, is that it actually requires a human with sight, and people who are blind are not at all happy about it since they’re left out. Some sites try to offer an audio option as well, but those apparently don’t work very well either. Some advocates for the blind say that these new visual sign-up processes may actually lead to legal problems for companies for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.