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Re: U.S. money is inaccessible to the blind


From: Gareth Dart
Date: Nov 29, 2006 8:40AM

Physical currency differentiation also introduces an extra level of security against forgery - it's one more production step that a forger has to copy.

(This parallels online security - phishing sites that I've viewed in the past with Firefox's HTML Tidy extension's accessibility validator turned on have invariably generated more errors than the real thing.)

Gareth Dart
Web Developer
Higher Education Statistics Agency

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]On Behalf Of Paul R. Bohman
Sent: Wednesday 29 November 2006 15:10
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Subject: [WebAIM] U.S. money is inaccessible to the blind

This post is admittedly off-topic as far as *web* accessibility is
concerned, but I found it very interesting that a judge recently ruled
that the U.S. currency system is illegal because blind people can't
tell the difference between the different bills (a $1 bill has the
same size, shape, and feel as a $100 bill).


I'm interested to know how they'll resolve this. Of course it will
have to go through a drawn out legal process on a national level
before anything actually happens, if anything. So far the ruling is
only on the state level in New York.

Paul R. Bohman
Faculty, College of Education & Human Development
Lead Architect of Web Services, Office of Technology Support
Technology Coordinator, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
George Mason University


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