Proposal for an Accessible Captcha

You have probably been subjected to a captcha last time you registered for a free e-mail account somewhere. Most likely you were presented with a funny looking image in which you were supposed to find a squence of numbers or letters which you had to copy to a textfield to prove that you are a human and not a machine.

Imagine if you could not see the image. What would you write in the text field? The phrase “you inaccessible idiots” spring to mind…

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The Sound of the Accessible Title Text Separator

There has been a lot of articles on how a page title should be constructed. Numerous articles have debated the proper separation character and the order of items but so far I have seen none actually listening to what they sound like. Inspired by the article Document titles and title separators by Roger Johansson I decided to listen to some JAWS output of some commonly used separator characters. Clips are provided for your listening pleasure (or displeasure if you like).

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The Aural Text Class

So, you think that your semantically correct website is accessible to everyone? Maybe you even created some extra hidden headings targeted at screen readers to clarify your site structure? Maybe you thought it was smart to use display:none to hide these elements from other visitors. After all, display:none is about the display of the element, right? Sorry to spoil your fun, but display:none will make an element invisible for the most widely used screeen reader too. In fact, display:none will make an element invisible to everyone apart from source-reading propellerheads. Enter the aural text class.

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