[Draft] Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) Charter

The mission of the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) is to develop strategies and resources to promote awareness, understanding, and implementation of web accessibility.

EOWG is part of the WAI International Program Office Activity, and its mission includes supporting the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Groups within the International Program Office Activity and the WAI Technical Activity.

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End date 31 December 2017
Confidentiality Proceedings are Public.
Initial Chairs Sharron Rush, Shawn Lawton Henry
Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 40)
Shawn Lawton Henry
Usual Meeting Schedule

Teleconferences: Weekly, plus longer teleconferences one to four times annually
Face-to-face meetings: Once annually or more


The scope of EOWG work includes:

Primary areas of focus for this chartered period include:

Consistent with W3C Process requirements on Task Forces, the EOWG may form task forces composed of EOWG participants or join other W3C task forces to carry out assignments when under the chartered scope of EOWG. EOWG task forces must have a work statement approved by the EOWG, announced on the EOWG mailing list, and available from the EOWG home page. Task forces may hold separate teleconferences and meetings per the W3C process and with the approval of the EOWG.

Success Criteria

Out of Scope

EOWG does not intend to develop W3C Recommendations or new markup languages.


EOWG primarily develops "WAI Resources" that are stable, vetted pages on the WAI website. EOWG may publish W3C Working Group Notes during this charter period. EOWG plans to complete the following deliverables during this chartered period, unless work is re-prioritized by EOWG in coordination with other WAI Groups, as noted in the Milestones section below.

* Asterisk indicates deliverables supported by the WAI-DEV Project: Web Accessibility Initiative - Ecosystem for Inclusive Design and Development.

In additional to Working Group deliverables, EOWG contributes to creating, updating, and maintaining resources such as:

EOWG reviews other W3C Working Groups' deliverables from an education and outreach perspective, focusing on readability, understandability, and navigability (as opposed to technical content). EOWG will contribute to new and updated documents of other WAI Working Groups during this chartered period, such as the update of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques.


EOWG deliverables are produced on an ongoing basis throughout the life of the charter. EOWG work priorities are evaluated regularly by EOWG, the WAI Coordination Group, and WAI staff. Work priorities are periodically revised based on current education and outreach needs, and the progress of deliverables in other WAI Working Groups with which EOWG has dependencies. Therefore, topic and schedule cannot be determined far in advance, and some deliverables listed above may be subject to change based on changed circumstances.

EOWG priorities are documented in the Current and Upcoming Work section of the EOWG home page and EOWG Deliverables Plan.

Dependencies and Liaisons


EOWG will assist in developing strategies and materials to support promotion and implementation of the following Working Group's deliverables. Development of some EOWG deliverables is dependent on related deliverables of these Working Groups.


WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG public page) (Member-only WAI CG page):
EOWG Chair participates in the WAI CG in order to coordinate EOWG activities with other WAI groups. In the event that Coordination Groups are discontinued under W3C Process, EOWG will continue to coordinate directly with other WAI groups.
WAI Interest Group (WAI IG):
EOWG assists other W3C Working Groups in identifying issues to bring into WAI IG for discussion, and in tracking and capturing issues from the WAI IG mailing list and identifying areas where awareness and/or training resources are needed.

Additionally, EOWG anticipates coordinating with other Working Groups on education and outreach related to accessibility aspects of their work, such as Mobile Web Initiative Activity, as needed.


To be successful, the Education and Outreach Working Group is expected to have 10 or more active participants for its duration. Historically, EOWG has had around 15 active participants. Effective participation to Education and Outreach Working Group is expected to consume a minimum of 4 hours per week for each participant, and a minimum of 8 hours per week for editors.

In addition to the Good Standing requirements in the W3C Process, EOWG participants in Good Standing must actively participate in the development of deliverables by: commenting on open issues in the EOWG wiki, responding to e-mails sent to the EOWG mailing list, and completing EOWG questionnaires in a timely manner.


This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing list w3c-wai-eo@w3.org (archive). Additionally, Task Force mailing lists are used periodically.

Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Education and Outreach Working Group home page.

Decision Policy

As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.

Patent Disclosures

The Education and Outreach Working Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on the topics addressed by the charter. This Working Group is not chartered to produce Recommendations with associated licensing obligations as described by the W3C Patent Policy. W3C reminds Working Group participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While this Working Group does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Working Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from other Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.

About this Charter

This charter for the Education and Outreach Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.

EOWG was originally chartered in March 1998, and has been rechartered four times since then. The EOWG is renewing its charter in order to continue developing education and outreach strategies and resources supporting web accessibility. The main changes since the previous charter are:

Charter editor: Shawn Lawton Henry

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