Gerald et al, While I'm not Jim, I'll comment on this: Google has already placed audio equivalents of CAPTIA's, verification graphics, for most of their sites that require such verification. The few sites that lack such graphics are soon going to have that feature added. I compare Google to what Microsoft used to be in it early days of its existence. Microsoft still has a long way to go when it comes to accessibility while Google seems to be taking the challenge quite seriously. Pratik _____ From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Evan Reese Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 7:09 AM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Blind charities praise Google for finding accessible sites The problem you refer to is an easy one to fix, too. They could follow Paypal's lead and put up a little audio file that you can listen to as many times as you need to that recites the text you are required to enter. Not rocket science. A couple of other sites I have had to register by putting text into a field that JAWS didn't speak; I had to email the site for help. They were happy to assist, but it shouldn't be necessary to do that in order to register with someone. ----- Original Message ----- From: Gerald <mailto:GeraldHovas@xxxxxxxxxxx> Hovas To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Cc: Jim.F@xxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:17 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Blind charities praise Google for finding accessible sites Jim mentioned at the user group meeting held in Dallas at NFB that he had recently spoken with one of the founders of Google and discussed accessibility issues with him. Jim specifically mentioned talking to him about Google's recent trend for using graphics that include text which has to be read and entered into a form for registration purposes. Jim said that the original features of Google did not require this for registration but that the new features do, or did at the time he talked to him, so while Google may be doing something which received praise for accessibility, their own site may still not be as accessible as it should be. Maybe Jim will comment on this for us if he has more recent news. Gerald _____ From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Carrie Karnos Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:47 PM To: Bookshare Vol Group Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT Blind charities praise Google for finding accessible sites http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/23/google_search_engine_for_the_blind/ Is the article right? Is Google helping blind people? Just curious, Carrie _____ See the all-new, redesigned Yahoo.com. Check it <http://us.rd.yahoo.com/evt=40762/*http:/www.yahoo.com/preview> out.