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RE: [vox] spam control: send email to confirm



Richard Burkhart said:
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: vox-admin@lists.lugod.org [mailto:vox-admin@lists.lugod.org]On
>> Behalf Of Rod Roark
>> Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 11:58 AM
>> To: vox@lists.lugod.org
>> Subject: Re: [vox] spam control: send email to confirm
>>
>>
>> Well, what it should do is require a reply that only a
>> human could easily produce.  For example ask them to
>> reply with a word depicted in a graphic image.
>
> While in general that's a pretty good way to run things -- it makes things
> difficult when the person doing the reply-to-a-graphic-image is (for
> example) blind.
>
> I bring that up because it was a topic of discussion yesterday ... as I
> was
> talking to a buddy of mine who IS blind, and was tired of calling his
> roommate over to help him make it through those website forms that his
> text-to-speech translator couldn't handle.  When the roommate's not there,
> he's kind of stuck -- since asking his guide dog for help only gets his
> face
> licked.  But then again, she might just be begging for more food.
>
> Some sites will have an ADA-alternative ... choose that link, and instead
> of
> a graphic, it'll send out a WAV file with the word-to-reply-with.
>
> Any other methods out there?

Use of audio is not a great substitute, as there is risk for a person to
be blind and deaf.

For suggestions on how to make web sites and pages access friendly:
http://www.section508.gov/

Suggestions and guildlines:
http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=12#Web

I used these and a few others to try to make nblug's ne web site more
friendly to everyone. Use of Alt tags is a good start, but there are more.

For example, when using lynx to view our site, you'll note the navigation
appears after the main body of text. (Suggestion from Eric, our acting
vp.)

The section508 site is pretty good.

-ME


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