Sunday, February 26

New Tool from Google, But Can We Use It?

Greetings. I was just reading this weekend's edition of the Kim Komando newsletter, and she mentions a new tool available from Google. This time, they're offering a web page creation tool. Sounds great, right? But, in order to use it, you need to have a GMail account, which you (a blind person) can't get independently unless you get someone to help you read and enter the visual/word verification code that they have in their sign-up process. If you haven't done so yet, please go to Blind Web Access and sign the Google Word Verification Petition. Right before I wrote this post, I checked the number of signitures, and they're up to 4100. This petition has gotten some coverage in the media and has been highly promoted by Darrell Shandrow on his blog. You can read more on Darrell's blog about the different sites and media outlets that have done coverage for this important petition.

Again, if you haven't signed the petition yet, or even if you have, please go sign it or tell your friends and colleagues to do so. Let's try to get up to 5,000 before the week is out! Google might shut themselves out to the blind, to our mentioning that we don't have access because they (Google) doesn't offer an alternative to the visual code, but can they shut us out after we show that 5,000 people support this access effort?

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