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ePetition For The Blind Criticised For Captcha Challenge

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Msg#: 4580649 posted 3:40 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Oh, the appauling irony of it!

The National Federation for the Blind says its members are unable to sign an e-petition calling for printed material to be more accessible to the visually impaired because of "Captcha" security.ePetition For The Blind Criticised For Captcha Challenge [bbc.co.uk]
"Ironically if I see an audio capture I tend not to bother with it because it's usually such a poor experience... some of them sound like aliens talking and they put weird background noises over them. They are a bit of a joke in the blind community. I've spent half an hour on some and had to give up."

Have you ever tried the audio of the captcha? I tried it a few times and found it to be as bad, if not worse than the visual display.



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Msg#: 4580649 posted 3:46 am on Jun 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have tried audio CAPTCHA and could not succeed - and I have pretty good hearing.

I think that CAPTCHA has reached a practical end of life. It isn't just an accessibility issue, but a basic usability issue. There are essentially three ways to make text hard to read for a computer
1. add noise (like speckles and background patterns)
2. add distortion (bending words etc)
3. remove separation (push letters against each other or add bogus connections)

As I understand it, computers are already better than humans at solving #1 and #2 and rapidly closing in on #3.

In other words, we are just a few years away from the point where computers will be better than humans at solving CAPTCHAs. So it ends up being a reverse-Turing test. If you can solve the CAPTCHA, it's proof that you *are* a computer.

I expect that computers are not so good at voice recognition and these highly distorted voices are not as necessary as the highly distorted text, but I've read less about that.

In any case, we have definitely reached the point where the classic CAPTCHA is a poor way to protect a site.

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