[Mailman-Developers] Interesting study -- spam on postedaddresses...

Chuq Von Rospach chuqui@plaidworks.com
Wed, 20 Feb 2002 20:48:59 -0800

>> I still think the email-address-as-jpeg solution is prohibitively
>> expensive to reverse; effectively impossible for machines, entirely easy
>> for people.
> But it does have drawbacks.
> It only works with graphical browsers.

This is a very good point. I mentioned ADA compliance yesterday. To be ADA
compliant, if you rendered the e-mail address as a graphic, you'd also have
to put the text into the ALT tag. Which would enable it for lynx and
sight-limited solutions -- and make putting into a graphic kinda
meaningless. So you can't use this approach unless you want to ignore the
ADA and lock out your blind users from those functions.

I'm not willing to make that tradeoff. While I'm not going to live or die on
the ADA compliance issue, I think it's important to keep it in mind because
it forces us to focus on more than the "easy" case or the "geek" case and
worry about solutions that work across the spectrum of users, from the AOL
newbie to Jay. We can't solve problems just for Jay, or just for Newbies, we
have to find a solution that works as well as possible for as many of those
groups as possible. ADA compliance is a useful strawman that keeps us
focussed away from "I want it this way, so that's the right way".

Chuq Von Rospach, Architech
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