(Revised) WAI Authoring Tool Guidelines Working Group Charter
Dependencies of other groups on this group's deliverables
Dependencies of this group on other groups' deliverables
Intended degree of confidentiality
Relation to other groups
Milestones for work items & deliverables
Meeting mechanisms & schedules
Level of involvement of Team
W3C staff contact
Estimate of time commitment a
group member would have to make in order to participate
How to join
To complete the development of accessibility guidelines for authoring tools,
and to perform an initial assessment of implementation of these guidelines
by authoring tool manufacturers. These guidelines should address how authoring
The Authoring Tool Guidelines Working Group (AUWG) was originally
chartered in December, 1997. The AUWG has produced several Working
Drafts, and needs additional time to bring the document to Proposed
Recommendation and to assess implementation after the document becomes
a Recommendation. Several factors should combine to move the work at a
more rapid pace under the renewed charter: clearer expectations for working
group member participation; increased W3C staff resources that have been
allocated to the group; the foundation Public Working Draft that is available;
and the revised & clearer charter itself.
provide author support for creating accessible Web documents;
ensure an accessible user interface for authors with disabilities.
2.1 Scope of AUWG work
The scope of the AUWG's work is tools which are used to produce Web content.
Editing tools specifically designed to produce Web content (e.g. WYSIWYG
HTML editors, and potentially CSS editors)
Tools which offer the option of saving material in a Web format (e.g. word
processors or desktop publishing packages)
Tools which translate documents into Web formats (e.g. from PDF to HTML)
Tools which produce multimedia, especially where it is intended for use
on the Web (e.g. video production and editing suites)
Tools for site management or site publication (including on-the-fly conversion
and Web site publishing tools)
Tools for management of layout (e.g. CSS formatting tools).
2.2 Criteria for success
Criteria for success include:
the adoption of Authoring Tool Guidelines as a Recommendation by the W3C;
implementation of the guidelines in authoring tools. Given lead times for
development of software, completed implementations are unlikely within
the duration of the working group's charter; however, commitments for implementation
would be expected.
3. Duration of work items
The AUWG is expected to continue for nine months, through October, 1999.
The primary deliverable is the WAI Authoring Tools Guidelines, as Working
drafts, Proposed Recommendation, and W3C Recommendation. In addition, the
AUWG will produce an initial assessment of the implementation of the WAI
Authoring Tool Guidelines.
5. Dependencies of other groups on this group
5.1. Groups which will use deliverables
The AUWG's key deliverable, the Authoring Tool Guidelines, will be used
by the WAI Education and Outreach Working Group in promoting development
of authoring tools which produce accessible Web content.
The Amaya Activity will use the Authoring Tool Guidelines as a reference
for building accessibility into Amaya.
5.2 Liaison Methods
The Chair of the AUWG is a member of the WAI Coordination Group (CG) which
is made up of chairs of all the WAI groups and two or more at-large representatives
of the WAI IG.
6. Dependencies of this group on other groups
6.1 Groups on whose work this activity explicitly depends:
WAI Page Authoring Guidelines Working
The Page Author Guidelines WG is developing guidelines for accessible Web
sites, which the Authoring Tool Guidelines describe how to implement in
authoring tools. The Page Author Guidelines must have a high degree of
stability before the Authoring Tool Guidelines are completed.
WAI User Agent Guidelines Working Group
The User Agent Guidelines Working Group addresses issues that are common
to the Authoring Tool Guidelines, such as accessibility of the user interface,
and approaches in these two documents must be coordinated.
WAI Interest Group
The WAI Interest Group will review AUWG working drafts before they become
Public Working Drafts, or a Proposed Recommendation.
7. Intended degree
The AUWG home page, proceedings, and charter are all public.
8. Relation to other groups
8.1 Relation to W3C Groups
WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group
(PFWG) is the WAI WG which most closely coordinates with other W3C
groups on technical issues. The AUWG's coordination with other W3C groups
is primarily through the PFWG and the WAI Coordination Group.
WAI Evaluation and Repair Working Group
and Interest Group is developing tools which include retrofitting Web
sites to increase their accessibility. They will reference the AU Guidelines
or coordinate with AUWG as necessary.
The Amaya Activty will model and
test solutions as well as contribute to guidelines development.
and SYMM will coordinate on
AUWG will coordinate with SYMM
on strategies for authoring accessible multimedia objects; with Math
on strategies for authoring accessible MathML; and with SVG
on strategies for authoring accessible graphics.
8.2 Relation to External Groups
It is anticipated that this Working group will draw together both members
and expertise from other groups:
Groups with specific expertise in user interface and assistive technology,
such as ATRC
Developers of Authoring Tools, such as the Amaya
Team and others
Writers' and content providers' groups, such as the HTML
9. Milestones for work items and deliverables
As with other WAI groups, AUWG's deliverables must first be reviewed by
the WAI Interest Group before being posted on the W3C Technical Reports
page or sent to the W3C Advisory Committee (AC) for review. The minimum
WAI IG review period is one week, after which the AUWG must review &
incorporate WAI IG comments. The proposed milestones below assume that
the documents go to the WAI Interest Group for review 15 days before these
Proposed milestones are as follows:
January 22, 1999: New Public Working Draft for TR page (Version #2)
March 1, 1999: New Public Working Draft for TR page (Version #3)
April 12, 1999: Third Public Working Draft for TR page (Version #4)
May 24, 1999: Fourth Public Working Draft for TR page (Version #5) &
sent to W3C Chairs for "Last Call."
June 21, 1999: Sent to W3C AC as a Proposed Recommendation.
July 21, 1999: AC's PR review period closes.
July 31, 1999: WAI Authoring Tool Guidelines become a Proposed Recommendation.
September 30, 1999: AUWG summarizes initial implementations of the AU Guidelines
& proposes a subsequent Working Group as needed.
10. Meeting mechanisms & schedules
The AUWG will hold regular face-to-face meetings, which are likely to be
bi-monthly. Where practicable these will be held in conjunction with other
WAI face-to-face meetings or with an event where WAI IG members gather.
AUWG meetings are announced to W3C Member organizations through the Member
Events Calendar and the Member Newswire; to AUWG participants through the
AUWG mailing list; to WAI IG participants via the WAI IG mailing list;
and to the general public via the WAI home page.
11. Communication mechanisms
11.1 Communication within the group
The primary fora for AUWG discussion are the AUWG mailing list, and regular
(weekly to fortnightly) teleconferences. As an alternative to teleconferences
the group will trial the use of an Internet-based chat system, which will
provide logging of the session. If the group unanimously feels that this
is an improvement it may be adopted in place of some scheduled telephone
Publication of minutes or log files for
AUWG Working Group home page
Face-to-face and teleconference meetings
11.2 Communication with W3C
AUWG coordinates with other WAI working groups through the WAI Coordination
AUWG coordinates with W3C through the WAI Domain Leader;
The WAI Domain Leader communicates about W3C and WAI activities through
postings to WAI IG;
WAI groups report to the WAI IG at quarterly face-to-face meetings.
11.3 Communication with the public
AUWG communicates with the public through the AUWG home page and general
W3C communication mechanisms.
12. Voting mechanisms and Escalation
13. Level of involvement of Team
70% Charles McCathieNevile,
5% Ian Jacobs, 5% Judy Brewer, 5% Daniel Dardailler
14. W3C staff contact
15. Estimated time and effort
commitments a group member would have to make in order to participate
It is expected that participants would need to commit 3-6 hours per week,
including meetings other than face to face meetings.
Participants are expected to attend teleconferences and meetings, or
send regrets to the chair at least one day in advance of teleconferences,
one week in advance of face-to-face meetings. Participants are expected
to respond in a timely manner to discussion taking place on the email list.
Participants are also expected to maintain up-to-date familiarity with
the WAI Page Authoring and User Agent Guidelines, as Working Drafts as
well as Recommendations.
As the Web Accessibility Initiative is a multi-stakeholder/partnership
project, it is critical that different stakeholders in Web accessibility
are represented on the AUWG group. These include:
representatives of Web-related industry, especially Web content-generating
representatives of disability organizations, including cognitive disabilities,
hearing disabilities, physical disabilities, and visual disabilities;
representatives of research organizations specializing in accessible design
for diverse disabilities and functional requirements;
representatives of governments.
17. How to join
To join the working group please complete the following information and
return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employer / Organisation:
Area of interest:
(Non W3C members please state area of expertise)
I have read the charter for this group, and agree to participate as
per the charter
Intellectual Property Rights: To the best of my knowledge, I believe
my organization has the following/does not have any IPR claims regarding
guidelines for the accessibility of authoring tools.
Jutta Treviranus, Charles
McCathieNevile, Judy Brewer
12 January 1999