It is web 2.0 people. We are supposed to be inclusive!
Good Day Buzz Outloud moderators and participants.
It has come to my attention that MySpace is guilty of reprehensible discrimination. MYSPACE and many other sites have now employed the CAPTCHA technology. To review, this is the technology that demands that users key in an immage they are seeing before proceeding with registration of any kind. What's wrong with this? On the surface nothing. Think again about this. When employing CAPTCHA you send the following message to blind and deaf-blind individuals. Stay out of my site and MYSPACE. If you use Braille and speech technology you are in effect unwelcome. This is no different than racial barriers that were present in the 1950's at public accommodation places. CAPTCHA without an alternate means of access says totally blind and deaf-blind individuals are not welcome and not included. CAPTCHA without an alternate means of input is also a violation of ADA and Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as well as many state and local government Civil Rights laws. Asking for sighted assistance is also not a solution. CAPTCHA without an alternate is totally unacceptable. By the way Yahoo, that means a workable solution. Just the thoughts of an angry computer user who by the way employs JAWS for Windows as his means of text to screen output.