Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Miscellaneous/Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English

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Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English

  • Problem: Have CAPTCHA in languages other than English
  • Who would benefit: All Wikimedians who use languages other than English
  • Proposed solution: Localize CAPTCHA images.
  • More comments: This is quite involved job. Once achieved, this will help a lot in improving OCR softwares as well.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Pavanaja (talk) 14:22, 11 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]


What do you mean by "this will help a lot in improving OCR softwares as well"? --Wargo (talk) 23:30, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Wargo. You can use captcha data for machine learning. The original reCAPTCHA also directly digitized public-domain books, by asking the user to read and type one known word and one unknown word. Google bought it in 2009 and is now using it to generate proprietary data for training its driverless car software (to recognize other cars, street signs, roads, and so on). HLHJ (talk) 02:26, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  • I don't think other languages is very useful, and there is also a HUGE problem with phab:T6845 accessibility. I'm in favor of working on this, but probably best to find a complete alternative. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    TheDJ, have thought about non-latin users who only have non-latin keyboards? Trizek from FR 13:55, 19 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    @Trizek: Yes I did. What I meant here is "not a sustainable solution". No matter which keyboard layout you support, there are going to be MORE people without that layout. We need something better altogether. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:01, 19 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    Got is, thanks! Trizek from FR 15:10, 19 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]