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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Blogger's Latest Innovation

Per Blogger today (4-1-06 which is when I posted it to granny):

Today we’re very happy to add an audio verification alongside every word verification in Blogger. Now almost everyone will be able to create blogs, post comments, and prove to our spam classifier that they’re not a robot.

If you cannot see a word verification image, or if you just want to change things up a bit, click the accessibility icon next to the text field to hear a series of digits. Just type what you hear (in Javascript browsers we set the form field focus automatically) and you’ll be good to go.

If you’re having trouble hearing the audio, try the tips in this help article. We’ve found that the QuickTime plug-in works well for playing the required WAV file. Also, the digits will be spoken in your preferred language. Go to our choose language page to set yours if you haven’t already.


Right now, the numbers are harder to hear than their "letters" are to read.

There seems to be interference, at least when I tried it. Bottom line - Word Verification is a pain in the patootie.

Blogger - are you listening? Must we have all the swirls and squiggles? Why 8 characters sometimes and 5 others? My life is complicated enough already.

Very truly yours,

Ann (aka granny)


  • At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 7:16:00 PM , Blogger Worried said...

    Amen and amen, Granny. I was so happy to see the icon and what it does bcause I have trouble properly seeing squished together, squiggly lines. But neither my Real Player nor my MSN media player would play it.Every time I have tried to install Quick time something has gone awry. Drat it.

  • At Tuesday, May 02, 2006 8:35:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    I have Quick Time but it just means the background noise is louder.


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