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Re: ISP wants to stop outgoing web based spam

  • From: Paul Jakma
  • Date: Wed Aug 09 18:34:21 2006

On Wed, 9 Aug 2006, Matthew Black wrote:

Use of "captchas" has serious accessibility issues:0 visually-impaired users will have trouble completing forms. From a legal standpoint, this is a no-go and most definitely not possible for any government or public-sector agency in the United States.

Ditto for at least one EU jurisdiction, and likely several more of them.

I can't quite remember if there already is a directive issued, but there definitely was/is an EU working group looking at a variety of equality issues.

In Ireland, captchas would likely contravene the Equal Status Act of 2000 with respect to providing services, which applies to *all* persons and bodies. I believe the UK may have similar legislation in force (though I can't recall the name of the act).

Turing tests can /easily/ be implemented in ASCII, which is compatible with screen readers used by the visually impaired.

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