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•Re: Code to Block Scripts/Harwesters (GD based?)

by merlyn (Sage)
on Dec 30, 2003 at 13:51 UTC ( #317687=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Code to Block Scripts/Harwesters (GD based?)

I wrote code to do that for a column of mine, but beware that I took a lot of flack for that column.

In particular, it seems that if a website uses this technique, but doesn't provide an adequate backup plan for blind people, then the site may be in violation of the US ADA rules, which applies to all government sites, government contractors, and anyone with deep enough pockets. Southwest Airlines lost an ADA case for their website recently, for example.

So, while you may not want robots stuffing your forms, you must also clearly provide a means by which visually challenged humans can still take action at your website.

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Re: •Re: Code to Block Scripts/Harwesters (GD based?)
by PetaMem (Priest) on Jan 05, 2004 at 13:41 UTC
    Even if I'm (the website is) in Germany or the Czech Republic? Now this is what annoys Europeans most about "Gods own Country". I dont'think that US rules apply to foreign institutions (yet).

    I was thinking about an audio-based alternative to this for blind people - acutally the aforementioned module speaks of this also - but a visually impaired person may still send an email and request for subscription.

        All Perl:   MT, NLP, NLU

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