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Re: Accessibility - No. 10 Downing Street Website

From: Randall W. Clark <wz297@victoria.tc.ca>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 19:54:27 -0700 (PDT)
To: Iain Wilkie Logan <iainlogan@enterprise.net>
cc: A.Flavell@physics.gla.ac.uk, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.95.iB1.0.980420195310.24497B-100000@vtn1>
Take me off this Fuckin mailing list or I will post all of you addresses
to  hack news and you will nolonger be !!!! 

I would like to change the world but, 
    I dont have the source code.

Member of the Freedom of infromation (F.I.V.G)

On Tue, 21 Apr 1998, Iain Wilkie Logan wrote:

> On Sun 19 Apr, Alan J. Flavell wrote:
> Hello Alan / WAI
> > Thanks for raising this issue!  I see that you also posted it to
> > usenet, so I am not breaching any confidences in forwarding it to
> > others. (WAI)
> I have now written, and posted by snail-mail, the following to the Prime
> Minister, CC'd to my local MP. Alia alia est.
> [The email address for No. 10 is <PCartwright@pmo.gov.uk> in case you missed
> my CIWAH posting]
> *************
> Dear Prime Minister,
>           The No. 10 Downing Street Website
>           ---------------------------------
> I am writing to express my deep concern about some very serious
> accessibility problems affecting your website.
> I was alerted to this by an article by John Naughton in yesterday's
> 'Observer', and duly confirmed it by several personal visits to the site,
> and a subsequent posting to the web authoring newsgroup on the internet,
> which has elicited a prodigious response. Put simply, as the site now
> stands, it will be difficult or impossible for many blind and disadvantaged
> webnauts to gain access to it, and to participate in the forthcoming debate.
> I am sure Mr. Blunkett would be able to confirm this were he to visit using
> a speaking web browser.
> For the last eighteen months I have been active, both professionally and
> privately, in the cause of preserving the concept of universal access to the
> wonderful resource that is the web, just as was originally envisaged by its
> British creator. This is now actively under seige by commercial interests
> with a very different agenda. I am certain that it is their influence that
> has led directly to the accessibility problems with your website. Likewise,
> I am sure you will be as astonished and appalled as I was when the
> implications of this situation become clear to you. Few things in life are
> worse than bad things being done in the name of a good man.
> May I please ask you to look into this as a matter of urgency. To assist, I
> am attaching some (rather technical, I'm afraid) references which will lead
> to the relevant facts, and aid in putting things right. If I may be of any
> further assistance, I shall be delighted to help.
> Wishing you every success in the future, 
> (etc., etc.)
> Attached: A reference to the CIWAH thread cited in the heading.
>           A referral to the validator at W3C.
>           A list of 'htmlhelp.com' resources.
> *************
> All the best,
> Iain
> -- 
> Iain Logan, Langholm, Dumfriesshire - Chartered Transport Consultant
> <http://homepages.enterprise.net/iainlogan/>
> <mailto:iainlogan@enterprise.net>
Received on Monday, 20 April 1998 23:00:39 UTC

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