Work, career, business → Protection … from the blind?
Without money, as you know, one cannot live in our time. Every person living in modern society, whether he wants it or not, is forced, having reached the age of majority (and sometimes earlier), to get a job and earn his living. Finding an interesting, sweetheart and at the same time well-paid job is a rather difficult task, and not everyone can solve it. It is difficult to find a job that would be in the heart, and paid well. And if it is difficult to do this for healthy people who have a lot of opportunities and options, then for the blind, this task is even more difficult, because its capabilities and, accordingly, options are significantly limited. At the same time, one more problem arises before a blind person entering adulthood: the use of money. Despite the fact that modern paper money is equipped with special signs designed to allow a blind person to feel by touch which banknote he is holding in his hands, this problem remains unresolved. Embossed signs on banknotes can be felt and disassembled only as long as it is still new, without bends and not worn. As soon as the bill begins to go hand in hand, the blind person loses all opportunity to make out the embossed embossed designation on it. He is forced, making this or that purchase, to ask the sighted for help, hoping at the same time for their honesty and decency. With the development of the Internet and electronic payment systems, with the advent of online stores, the situation, it would seem, should change for the better. Special screen access programs that allow blind and visually impaired users to work on a PC, give them the opportunity to freely access the Internet, visit websites of online stores on their own, choose products, get acquainted with the description, and make orders. Jaws and Virgo also voiced programs that provide access to e-wallet accounts. On the Internet there are a lot of earning options available and blind. A blind user of a PC gets a chance to equalize his capabilities with the sighted, feeling at least on the Internet that he is a free and full-fledged person. But, unfortunately, there is one “but” that significantly spoils such a rosy picture. ₽ Free 14 day course! On many sites related to various types of earnings or the sale of certain goods, the so-called graphical protections against automatic registrations are installed, designed to interfere with the activities of spammers. When filling out the registration or authorization form, you must enter the set of letters and numbers shown in the graphic picture. Neither Jaws nor Virgo can read the text in the pictures. For them, any graphic is exclusively a picture that they miss. Reading text from a picture is impossible in principle. And without entering the characters shown in the picture, registration and authorization are impossible. The blind have to constantly seek help from seeing relatives or friends who are far from always being around. Some sites have a sound alternative to graphic images. When you click on a special link, an mp3 file is downloaded, where the synthesizer’s voice contains the characters necessary to complete registration or authorization. Recording is made with numerous noise interference, which greatly complicates its understanding. Sometimes you have to listen to it several times in order to finally parse and enter the correct set of characters. And only owners of high-speed Internet can do this. Those blind users who access the network from modems or mobile phones using the GPRS protocol are practically deprived of this opportunity. The file is played with numerous interruptions, because of which it is not possible to parse synthesizer words. And since most blind users have a low-speed modem, only a few can use the sound alternative to graphic pictures. And only on a few sites, administrators are ready to meet blind users, penetrating the essence of their problems and trying to find some way out that is equally acceptable for both parties. One of the options for such an exit was the replacement of the numbers depicted in the graphic picture with numbers written in letters with the assumption of numerous errors. It is extremely difficult for a robot to detect and disassemble such protection, and for the blind, it is completely accessible. This protection method has been successfully used, for example, by the server of semi-automatic message boards 7do.ru (http://add.7do.ru). Another alternative is used by some forums, including www.flybb.ru. A picture with numbers and letters is saved there, but there is a special email address to which the blind can send a letter requesting registration. As a rule, such requests do not remain unanswered, although they respond to them within a day or even longer.