Open Signed Online not Accessible to the Visually Impaired
Nokia has launched a beta service which is called Open Signed Online. It allows users to sign their unsigned S60 applications for a specified IMEI number. On Monday the service received a major boost by becoming available 24 hours per day. Eventually it is supposed to help us sign SIS files without having a developer account on the Symbian Signed web site. This is because currently many S60 applications which have proved to be quite handy aren’t signed and the available self-signing mechanism is a headache, to say the least.
At any rate, this important service cannot be utilized by the visually impaired because both the registration page and the application submission process make use of a captcha system which offers no audio alternative. Simply put, the visually impaired have no way of accessing Open Signed Online other than asking a sighted person to read the visual verification code every time an application should be submitted.
If you are interested in removing this barrier, please comment on this post. Simply copy and paste the following sentence into your comment:
“Visual verification without an alternative audio captcha prevents the blind and partially sighted from filling out forms on the internet; as a consequence, I’d like Nokia to implement audio captcha for the Open Signed Online service.”
Everyone can sign this online petition regardless of whether or not they’re visually impaired. I’m going to send the comments to the Nokia Accessibility division as well as the Open Signed Online team. Thanks for your cooperation.