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Re: Captia/security boxes


From: Owens, Parker
Date: Mar 23, 2009 1:10PM

There is a plug in for Mozilla called WebVisum that works really well to decode visual captchas and return code to you.

Parker Owens
Web Accessibility Office
Eastern Kentucky University
254 Case Annex
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-2743

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-----Original Message-----
From: Randi [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 12:55 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Captia/security boxes

Hi all,

I'm sure you're familiar with those stupid captia boxes, where you
must type the letters you see to prove you'r not a spammer. Most have
a "listen to this" option but I haven't even figured those out. I
tried to sign up for a twitter and could not get past their listen
option. It says to type the 2 words, but it gives me an entire phrase
when I listen. Does anyone know a work around?

Also, I've heard of some sites simply asking a question like, what
color is grass? If I were to write to sites that have these
inaccessible or confusing captias, might I suggest an alternative? Are
the open to that sort of thing? I had a sighted friend help set up
Facebook, and they have an option to reply to a text message to
eliminate further captias. This is great, but I needed a sighted
person to help set it up.

I'd like to get a twitter to see what all the fuss is about, but I'm stuck.


I'm not disabled, my eyes are. ;)