Website criticized for not allowing users to send emails if they are color blind

A resident is raging, he couldn’t send an email because he had to check a box to authenticate a color, and he can’t see it.

A post on Reddit’s Mildly Infuriating forum, by u/Drajl19, showed a screenshot of the website page they couldn’t navigate to.

“I can’t email my commune unless you can see the color, which I can’t,” they wrote.

The test, widely used in various online formats to weed out bots and spam, asks the user to select “the color of the box above”.

The shade is green, but as the Redditor pointed out, they and many other color blind people couldn’t see it.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), there is either red-green or blue-yellow color blindness, with differentiations in both categories, or complete color blindness, known as monochromia.

Explaining the condition, the NEI said: “If you are color blind, it means you see colors differently than most people. Most of the time, color blindness makes it difficult to tell the difference between certain colors.”

Red-green dislike is the most common type of color blindness, which would likely have affected the Redditor.

The main symptoms of color blindness are color differentiation, different color shades and color brightness.

The post, which can be seen hereamassed more than 85,000 upvotes, as people weighed in on the checkpoint.

Lsutigerzfan commented, “I’m part colorblind. And stuff like that frustrates me when I see it. I didn’t even realize I was until we got a colorblind book. Like one of the ones you open and it had a form of a number in a specific color. And I couldn’t find the numbers. That’s when I realized I was partly color blind.

RealLaurenBoebert wrote, “If you wanted to intentionally design a captcha that would let bots through and keep color blind people out, it would look exactly like this.”

Ofhauntings remarked, “Bruh, there are so many laws on how to make your website accessible to people who have visual impairments……..if they don’t pay fines for it, they are dodging something lol. “

Least_Adhesiveness_5 thought, “That’s pretty awful city government.”

DRikararz claimed: “508 applies. The rule change that took effect in 2017 specifically requires content not to require color perception for use.

While a few urged u/Drajl19 to flag the page, as Idontthinksomate advised: “Seriously OP, 10000% do. My husband is colorblind and it pissed him off as soon as I showed.

“Not fair, definitely worth pointing out. Red-green color blindness is very common, the most common type of color blindness you can actually have, especially in men. Glad you figured it out anyway, just something to consider.”

People have also suggested various websites, apps, and codes in the image to identify the color.

While it’s unclear where the Redditor is based, a few people pointed to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which in 2017 updated “accessibility requirements for information technology. information and communication”.

Covering federal pages, not “private industry” ones, it states that “persons with disabilities” should receive “affected information and data through an alternate means of access that allows the individual to use the information and data”.

Newsweek contacted u/Drajl19 for comment.

File photo of the color blindness test. A resident raged because he couldn’t email because he couldn’t see colors.
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