Look folks, I will say this one more time. First, empty subject lines are not appropriate for the list. Second, the discussion of the graphic is not appropriate. I will start puppting people of moderator status if this thread is not immediately stopped. Bruce -- Bruce Toews E-Mail and MSN/Windows Messenger: coke_drinker@xxxxxxxx Web Site (including info on my weekly commentaries): http://www.ogts.net For the best oldies anywhere go to http://www.treasureislandoldies.com On Wed, 28 Jan 2004, Grant Hardy wrote: > I totally don't want to criticize Pickrell and others for the valuable > advice we get here. But Yahoo!'s objective for their word in the picture is > so that a machine cannot automatically register for a Yahoo! account. > 0spam's method, though easier for us, is not secure and a machine could > still register for a Yahoo! account if they used this method. Here is the > response I got back: > > Hello Grant, > > Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Account Services. > > At this time Yahoo! does not have a means of bypassing the word > verification image for visually impaired users, aside from contacting > Customer Care. We are exploring other alternatives, but unfortunately, > some of those alternatives recreate the very problem we are trying to > solve. We are aware of your concern and we want you to know that we are > currently working on this problem. > > During account registration, visually impaired users are directed to the > following "feedback" form: > > http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/edit/cgi_access > > The URL for this form is provided in hidden text on the registration > form that is machine-readable but not visible on the page. After the > user has completed the form, a Yahoo! representative will call the user > and complete the registration process over the phone. The user will > also receive a response containing a toll free number specifically > dedicated to registration for visually impaired users. We are working > on streamlining this process for faster turn around time and greater > convenience for the user. > > When joining or creating a Yahoo! Group, below the word verification > image there is a link that says "If you can not see this image click > here." Clicking on this link will enable a popup window with an > explanation of the word verification image as well as white-on-white > text that points visually impaired users to the following feedback form: > > http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/groups/cgi_vi > > After submitting the form, the user will be contacted by a Yahoo! Groups > Customer Care representative via email for the information necessary to > complete the process. > > You are free to distribute the above URLs to anyone who can benefit from > them, and we encourage you to do so. However, we do want to mention > that we hid the text on the pages because we found a number of users > were taking advantage of a service meant only for our visually impaired > users. That caused a delay in helping the very users the feedback forms > were intended for. > > We hope you find the above solution workable for you and other visually > impaired users, and we hope they do register and take advantage of all > the features Yahoo! has to offer. > > Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Customer Care. > > Regards, > > Yahoo! Customer Care > > For assistance with all Yahoo! services, please visit: > > http://help.yahoo.com/ > > > -----Original Message----- > From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of > Andrew Edgcumbe > Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 2:01 PM > To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: Re: > > Hi Rebecca and list members > > I did complain once about this issue. > > Yahoo said that they did have some complaints about the picture. > > > If anybody wants the email address to complain to yahoo please email me off > list. > > I feel if everybody on this list complains maybe they will listen. > > Andrew > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Pickrell, Rebecca M." <rebecca.pickrell@xxxxxxx> > To: "Blind College Students (E-mail)" > <BlindVIcollegeStudents@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Blindtech (E-mail)" > <blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Cc: "Jfwlite (E-mail)" <JFWlite@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "JAWS and employment > (E-mail)" <jfw-employment@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 1:14 PM > Subject: FW: > > > > Hi folks. Here is the response I got from 0 spam along with my question. > > > > These guys seem like good people. > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: Jeff Anderson [mailto:support@xxxxxxxxx] > > Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:12 AM > > To: Pickrell, Rebecca M. > > Subject: Re: > > > > > > The link is white as well as the background, so it can not be seen by > > regular people. I could try to contact Yahoo and Hotmail about > implementing > > this. > > > > Regards, > > > > Jeff Anderson > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: "Pickrell, Rebecca M." <rebecca.pickrell@xxxxxxx> > > To: <support@xxxxxxxxx> > > Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:55 AM > > > > > > > Hi. I want to compliment 0 spam on its varification method. > > > > > > The link that blind people can click on which then allows the > varification > > > code to be emailed to the sender is wonderful. I wish Yahoo and > Microsoft > > > along with a number of others would employ your method. As it stands > now, > > > Yahoo's method is of no help since they do not respond to phone calls > and > > > email and Microsoft's varification (an audio of the word that needs to > be > > > entered) is so garbled as to be nearly useless. > > > > > > If you don't mind sharing with me, how do you make the link so that only > > > screen-readers can use it? > > > > > > If this information is proprietory, would you mind sharing your idea > with > > > engineers at Yahoo and Microsoft? > > > > > > Thanks > > > > > > Rebecca Pickrell > > > phone: 703-633-8300 x4582 > > > email: rebecca.pickrell@xxxxxxx > > > > > > > > > > > > > -- > > To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to > jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line. > > > > -- > To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to > jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line. > > > -- > To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to > jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line. > > > -- To post a message to the list, send it to jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send a message to jfw-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.