"... But no company should be expected to go back to throwing open the gates; that's just not realistic, and that's the sad truth even if absolutely no workaround exists."
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and that's why some/most blind users are frustrated with these CAPTCHAs. A third party had developed an extension for Firefox, did not maintain it, and now Mozilla has decided to require that extensions be signed in Firefox for the extension to continue to work. and now, it appears that Web Visum is on the edge of extinction because WV is not signed, unless someone digitally signs it, like the developers or Mozilla's ADO Team.
On 1/6/2016 11:36 AM, Brian Vogel wrote:
I am not, repeat not, dismissing the concerns expressed here
nor the entirely legitimate frustration and anger. What I am trying to
do is to make people aware of the intent and purpose of Captchas, how
they came about, and the fact that they were a resounding success at
achieving what they had as their intention to achieve. That does not
remove the fact that they are a barrier and substitutes need to be found.
There also seems to be a lack of awareness on the part of many
who hate Captchas that replacements have to be developed, and that takes
time. Even if the very first person who complained against Captchas was
heard, loud and clear, the reason that they are used is legitimate, and
the damage that resulted before they were invented was significant
enough that a "cost-benefit" analysis comes out in favor of keeping
them, even as they pose a barrier until their replacement can be phased
in. No sane company is going to re-open itself to the kind of bot
attacks that these worked so brilliantly to thwart. There are actually
considerations other than accessibility that have equal or greater
weight at times. I am more than willing to be pilloried for saying
that. Even as someone who works with and advocates for individuals with
visual impairments, this was/is one of those times. This, too, shall
pass, and is passing. But no company should be expected to go back to
throwing open the gates; that's just not realistic, and that's the sad
truth even if absolutely no workaround exists.