Fw: Please provide accessible alternative to visual verification at Libsyn.

  • From: "Darrell Shandrow" <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 09:18:27 -0700

Hi All,

Libsyn has implemented visual verification without accessibility for comment 
posting in their hosted podcasts.  A number of blindcasters use this service.  
Please follow my lead in writing a letter of your own to support@xxxxxxxxxx 
asking for a positive resolution to this important issue.  

Also, for those of you who have not already done so, please visit 
http://www.petitiononline.com/captcha and sign the Google Word Verification 
Accessibility Petition.

All the best,


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Darrell Shandrow 
To: support@xxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 9:06 AM
Subject: Please provide accessible alternative to visual verification at Libsyn.

Dear Libsyn Support,

I am a blind podcast listener.  While looking at the shownotes for one of my 
favorite podcasts hosted by your company, I noticed that I am not currently 
permitted to post comments to the associated blog due to the implementation of 
visual verification without an accessible alternative.  Please consider 
implementing an accessible alternative.  The current state of the art is audio 
playback of the characters to be entered, but more innovative solutions, such 
as answering a challenge question or perhaps e-mail verification of some kind, 
would allow even greater access while still protecting your security.

Please don't continue locking out a significant number of podcast listeners.  I 
urge you to promptly provide an accessible alternative to your visual 
verification scheme.  The blind community would stand ready to assist with the 
implementation and testing of a workable solution.  I look forward to your 
company's prompt, positive response to this matter.

All the best,

Darrell Shandrow - Shandrow Communications!
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