Captcha vs. People with Disabilities

This week’s This Week In Tech Podcast features a discussion by a blind podcast who railed against authentication systems that use image verification (aka Captchas)- such as the one some of us use to verify comments on Blogger. It seems that they are major problem for blind people because they don’t conform to the reader software many people use to browse the web. He mentioned that some web sites allow you to turn on an aural equivalent of the captcha, while others allow you to contact them for authentication, though he said response was spotty at best. He also said that while google pledged to improve their Captcha system for people with disabilities, they as yet have done nothing.

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