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Visual Verification: Digging for Accessible Registration at Digg.com

November 19, 2005 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Digg is an interactive technology news site where the users get to decide which stories do and don’t make the cut. The staff at Digg describe their service as follows:

Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories
for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

Unfortunately, if you’re blind this is not the case. Though the site appears to be generally accessible, the blind are turned away at the registration desk due to another inaccessible implementation of visual verification. I contacted the company approximately four hours ago via their web site to request registration assistance. No response has yet been forthcoming. Anyone want to start a pool to see how long it takes for me to get registered with this site?

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