So frustrated with word verifications/CAPTCHAs

I just found another blog by another person who recently went blind. He was talking about playing blind golf, and it was a really inspiring post. I can’t comment though, because there’s a word verification, or CAPTCHA.

I despise these things more than just about any accessibility issues I run into online. Some of them are actually accessible, but this one on blogger is not. Not for me anyway. I just can’t make out the numbers.

It bothers me to no end when I can’t access something because of these things. It might sound silly, but its an independence thing for me, something I can’t achieve online. There is a service that will interpret these things for you, if you take a screenshot of the image. But I haven’t figured it out yet.

I’m just really bummed, because I like finding other people who have lost their vision, and having a word verification stop me really bothers me.

Thats my rant. I’ve encountered these stupid things twice today. Grrr.


Filed under accessibility, CAPTCHA, rant, screen reader

6 Responses to So frustrated with word verifications/CAPTCHAs

  1. I agree, and I’m not blind!
    That’s why I don’t put them on my blog(:

    Toby’s trainer

  2. R

    And I GREATLY appreciate that. I just found another great blog and I can’t comment, and this one is written by an accessibility specialist. Wow. I am so incredibly dismayed. 🙁

  3. I’m less active on the net now, but when my vision was fading I had a lot of trouble with these, I just couldn’t make them out. I guess people probably think the “listen” link works but they never do.

  4. Can you get at his profile? Is his email address there? Email him! Skirt the CAPTCHA baby!

  5. R

    I did. And he switched to comment moderation 🙂

    He said he uses that Firefox thing, so he never knew that a lot of us have problems iwth the things.

  6. Ah that Firefox thing. It will haunt your dreams. Like the Borg say, “resistance is futile.” I’m just messin’ with ya.

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