Sunday, November 18, 2007

What's Wrong with this Picture?


Blogger Susan's Husband said...

It's on a Mac?

November 18, 2007 8:22 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Very funny.

But it would be just as wrong on one of those machines that are perpetually moments away from either another virus, more malware, or the Blue Screen of Death (tm).

November 18, 2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

How any evolutionist worth his salt wouldn't want to be in such an evolutionarily rich environment, where every day is a struggle for survival, escapes me.

I suspect you mean the "below" part, but technically the box's baseline is below the baseline of "below". There's also the ambiguity of the "shown in the box below" phrasing, which is another possibility. Or just that, because of the font issue, you can't type the image exactly as it is shown.

November 19, 2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


It is just below dead center in the image, and is something of a visual oxymoron.

November 19, 2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

"YiYa" is high contrast and in block letters, making it easily machine readable?

November 19, 2007 4:50 PM  
Blogger joe shropshire said...

"Enter the word exactly as shown in the box below"

But there is no box below, and there is no word in the box. Therefore the form is already filled out correctly, with the box left empty, just as you see it.

November 19, 2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger joe shropshire said...

Or it could be the "can't see the image?" hyperlink. That sort of reminds me of this page intentionally left blank, which is of course printed on (mostly) blank pages in government documents.

November 19, 2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

The lowercase i is the same height as the uppercase Y.

November 20, 2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

No, the "can't see the image" link is reasonable. It's generated by a very different mechanism that the actual image. For instance, one might have images turned off in the browser, so the image would be missing but the link would be there. One might be blind and have a browser that reads links to you, but it couldn't read the image (obviously, since the entire purpose of the image is to be not readable by software on the user's computer).

November 20, 2007 11:45 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Leave it to SH to find a plausible explanation for what I found wrong with the picture, which is this:

If one can't see something printed at something like 36 pt, how the heck is one going to see the alternative, printed at 8 pt?

November 20, 2007 10:17 PM  

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