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Exterminate accessibility barriers to the digital universe!
In the Doctor Who TV series the Daleks, robotic mutants on wheels from the planet Skaro, had grand aspirations to conquer the universe and exterminate all that got in their way. But while they were powerful and fearsome, they had a disability: they could not climb stairs. The Dalek’s predicament of being thwarted in their evil plan by stairs was the subject of jibes in the script of the Doctor Who episodes and among fans and critics alike. In a cartoon published in Punch magazine in 1981, Peter Birkett wittily depicted a group of Daleks at the foot of a flight of stairs, and the caption “Well, this certainly buggers our plan to conquer the Universe”.
Of course any barrier that stopped the Daleks from pursuing their evil deeds in the fictional world of Doctor Who was a good thing. But in the real world of humans who have peaceful aspirations and just want to be part of the Universe, not conquer it, it’s a very different thing.
Few would today not grasp the elementary idea that ramps are needed for people who cannot climb stairs to access buildings. It is the law. But when it comes to digital technology, the need for accessibility is not as widely acknowledged.
Please support our mission to legislate to exterminate accessibility barriers to the digital Universe.
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We thank Punch magazine for giving us a discounted license to reproduce the cartoon.