[LINK] AFR's naughty DRM
tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Wed Feb 6 22:07:37 EST 2008
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> From: Eric Scheid <eric at ironclad.com.au>
> Date: 6 February 2008 10:38:05 AM
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> Subject: AFR's naughty DRM
> Laurel Papworth has blogged an encounter with AFR's text DRM:
> You might notice that the AFR story is presented in a monotype
> font, which
> looks a bit odd .. but is the basis for the DRM hack involved. All
> they are
> doing is presenting every second character followed by a space, and
> slipping another html layer over the top of that with every other
> with spaces between.
> When you go to select and copy/paste you only grab one layer, and
> what you
> get is this:
> y p c A s r l a a y s e d y o c d o e e d t c a m
> o e u t a i 's o t o u a s c a n t o k n w b i e
> o l w n t e e e s o s r e d t s o i g a e o k a
> s o e t e e d.
> That is meant to be:
> MySpace Australia was yesterday forced to defend its claim
> to be Australia's most popular social networking website
> following the release of survey data showing Facebook had
> stolen the lead.
> Well ... apart from the sucky rudeness of that DRM, I must wonder
> HREOC would take a dim view of this, given that it renders the text
> completely opaque to screen readers.
> (and of course someone somewhere will code up a quickie bit of
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