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Re: reCAPTCHA implementation problems

From: Ben Maurer <bmaurer@andrew.cmu.edu>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:42:05 -0700 (PDT)
To: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>
cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, wai-xtech@w3.org, Colin McMillen <mcmillen@cs.cmu.edu>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64-044.0707131720311.14738@unix36.andrew.cmu.edu>


On Sat, 14 Jul 2007, Gez Lemon wrote:
> There are two things you could do to improve the accessibility of the
> links/buttons:
> 1: Put the refresh, toggle, and help link/buttons before the edit box
> containing the challenge. Linearly, it doesn't make sense to ask
> someone a question, and then tell them after they answer the challenge
> that they could have changed the question if they thought it was too
> difficult, change it to a different format, or get help.

Doesn't the refresh button make sense *after* the challenge. Thinking of 
it as a dialogs:

This is a challenge. To find out more about the challenge <get help>. 
Would you like an audio or visual challenge?

Ok, here's the audio challenge <sound> now enter those numbers in the text 
box. If you couldn't hear them either <play the sound again> or <get a new 

It still degrades the experience for a visual user quite a bit though. Now 
they have to tab three times before they can get to the input textbox. 
What I'd really like is to have an out-of-band set of buttons that the 
user can easily move in to.

> Personally, I
> strongly disagree with the notion that humans are detected by their
> ability to perform a task

Sadly, *right now* CAPTCHAs are pretty much the only thing stoping a 
number of services from serious abuse. Our goal is to make them as 
accessible as we can without allowing bots though.

Received on Saturday, 14 July 2007 00:42:15 UTC

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