Crowdsourcing for accessibility.

10/15/2012

Logo of Blog Action Day 2012 - "The power of we"This year’s blog action day is dedicated to the power of WE. Given this bolg’s focus on accessibility I can see many ways that we can help for accessibility. Sometimes even without knowing about it. The story of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA that follows is just an example of such a case.

CAPTCHA which is an abbreviation for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart is something that most of us have come across in our web browsing. It’s a picture with a set of words presented in a distorted way that aims to tell humans from computers apart. It is usually found in cases where developers want to avoid spamming.

However, as successful as CAPTCHAs might be in avoiding spamming in various cases they are also very successful in preventing people with disabilities to comment, respond, and use whatever feature is protected by a CAPTCHA. How could a blind person see and understand what is written in an image which doesn’t have and alternative text? How could a persons with dyslexia and other print disabilities use them? Read the rest of this entry »

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In the meantime… (#4)

10/11/2012

While waiting for the next monday post I’d like to turn your attention to a couple of interesting sources/articles that I’ve recently discovered.

The first is an article in ReadWriteWeb which explains how the Boomers generation is going to play a significant role in new technologies and their adoption in the future since in the US alone it is predicted to reach over 50% of the population until 2030. One might think… “and what this story tells us about accessibility?”. Well at first sight you might not realize that the buying power of that population will force markets to think about them more seriously. Read the rest of this entry »


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