Is a CAPTCHA test really the way to go?
Saturday, January 29, 2005 12:43 AM
tests have become more and more popular. These visual confirmations needed to do some action, post a reply, register somewhere, ... can now be seen a lot more then a year ago.
The description of a CAPTCHA test:A CAPTCHA test is a program that can generate and grade tests that:
- Most humans can pass.
- Current computer programs can't pass.
But is this really such a good solution? I have just read a post about the Windows Genuine Advantage Program giving blind users problems, because they have to provide the key, which can only be read, which is a problem for blind users.
Something that I immediately thought of was the CAPTCHA test... If this gets widespread, all blind people will basicly be unable to do anything. They cannot see the test, their browsers can't help and then can't register, reply or anything else where there's such a test.
There isn't a real solution to it, you can't give the blind any information about the test, because that would beat the purpose of the test. IF someone invents software to help blind people with it, spammers can use it as well, so I don't see a solution to help blind people with CAPTCHA, besides not implementing one.