[accessibleimage] Re: proposes solutions to us currency access problem

  • From: "Steven Landau" <sl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 19:51:30 -0400

yes, it will, indeed, be interesting to see this case go to the supreme
court, if it comes to that.  You are right, that if they just add braille,
or some other tactile marking to the existing paper money, that won't be
robust enough to last very long. I know that currency these days has a lot
of sophisticated anti-counterfeiting measures, such as watermarks, very tiny
printing in many colors, and a special thread that is somehow embedded in
the paper, and that you can't see unless you hold it up to a light source. I
am wondering if that thread could be modified to add some form of electronic
tagging that could be read through some low tech means. But I think it would
be best if the user did not need to own and carry another dedicated device
for reading bills.

On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 7:11 PM, Robert Jaquiss <rjaquiss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>  Hello List:
>      It will certainly be interesting to see if the treasury appeals this
> ruling to the Supreme Court. For those outside of the U. S., the Treasury
> can appeal the currency ruling to the U. S. Supreme Court which is our
> highest court. Because of the large cost of redesigning the currency and all
> the handling equipment, some people have advocated that the Treasury simply
> provide any blind person who wants one a talking currency identifier. These
> are currently in the $250 range, but it is believed that if the government
> bought a million of them that the price would drop. I have also heard that
> embossed bills tend to flatten out erasing their markings. Perhaps a marking
> could be applied to bills, but I wonder if currency counters and other
> handling equipment would jam with the extra thick currency. One thing I am
> certain of is that there will be much discussion of this topic on the
> blindness related lists.
> Regards,
> Robert Jaquiss

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