Re: jaws and "enter the text as shown in the box"

  • From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 23:05:58 +0100

The term is "image-recognition CAPTCHA".

See for an overview.

See for research into CAPTCHAs.

The whole purpose of a CAPTCHA is to create a problem that only humans can solve in order to defeat automated spamming attacks. If a screen reader could read a CAPTCHA, then so could a hostile program.

Many sites provide alternatives to image-recognition CAPTCHAs. Sometimes you might be asked to listen to an audio CAPTCHA or solve a written problem (e.g. enter the answer to 2 + 2). These aren't a complete solution, since audio CAPTCHAs can be hard to hear and those with learning disabilities or language barriers could struggle with problem-solving.

Many more sites offer a contact form, email address, or telephone number to use in order to contact an administrator who can give you access. If there isn't one specified as an alternative to the CAPTCHA, look for webmaster contact details or general contact details.

If you can't find details and it's an important site, no harm in letting us know what that site is so we can have a look too.

Benjamin Hawes-Lewis

Slade Sellers wrote:
hey all,
sorry I don't know the term to describe these spam filters, although I guess I 
understand as to why some sites have these boxes.  Anyway, is there a jaws 
command or trick to getting the text read?

I've tried jaws cursor and even attempted the websites page information yet 
nothing works.

And many of these websites don't  have the audio option in case visually 
impaired folks can't see the text.  Basically, is there a way around these 

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