• 4Mar

    AI is making CAPTCHA increasingly cruel for disabled users

    In this article, Robin Christoperson from Ability Net, explains why improvements in AI and developments of CAPTCHA, (an acronym for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart”) mean disabled people may be disadvantaged.

    Robin states that “At the very heart of inclusive design is the ability to translate content from one format into another. For example, if a blind person can’t see text on-screen, it should allow the ability to be converted into speech (that’s how I’m writing this article). If someone can’t easily read a certain text size or font style or in certain colours, then it should allow for resizing or the changing of fonts and colours – this is all basic stuff that most websites accommodate quite well. Images should be clear and their subject easy to understand – and they should include a text description for those who can’t see it at all. Audio should be clear. All aspects of ‘Web Accessibility 101’.

    The whole point of CAPTCHA challenges is to allow for none of these.”