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

  1. Mission
  2. Scope
  3. Deliverables
  4. Dependencies
  5. Duration
  6. Success
  7. Communication
  8. Confidentiality
  9. Voting
  10. Participation

This charter is written in accordance with Section 6.2.6 of the 18 June 2003 W3C Process Document.

Information on how to join this group is available on the Web.

1. Mission

The mission of the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) is to develop strategies, and awareness and training resources, to educate a variety of audiences regarding the need for Web accessibility and approaches to implementing Web accessibility.

This mission is complementary to the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups within the WAI Technical Activity and the WAI International Program Office Activity. The EOWG is part of the WAI International Program Office.

The EOWG was originally chartered in March 1998. Its charter was renewed in November 2000, and it has developed a variety of resources since then. It is extending the duration of its charter in order to develop additional resources.

2. Scope

The scope of EOWG work includes:

EOWG work may at times be conducted in one or more task forces according to W3C Process. Any EOWG task force must have a statement of work that is approved by the EOWG.

3. Deliverables

In general, EOWG deliverables have the status of "WAI Resources" when completed; in some cases they become W3C Notes. EOWG members and/or WAI staff develop most deliverables. Some are produced under subcontract but with the guidance of this group. EOWG deliverables must address cross-disability considerations, be consensus-based, technically sound, and reflect the most current W3C specifications.

An approximate schedule of work on deliverables is maintained by EOWG and updated on at least a quarterly basis.

The following list includes deliverables which EOWG plans to maintain, complete, substantially revise, or start as new projects at some point during this chartered period of EOWG's work:

4. Dependencies

The EOWG coordinates with the following W3C/WAI groups:

Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG public page) (PFWG Member-only page):
Coordinate on providing public information about the work of PFWG.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG):
Assist in developing awareness and training strategies and materials, to support promotion and implementation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and to transition between WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0 when needed. Consult with WCAG WG as needed on usability of WCAG working drafts under development.
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG):
Assist in developing awareness and training strategies and materials, to support promotion and implementation of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines.
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG):
Assist in developing awareness and training strategies and materials, to support promotion and implementation of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines.
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG):
Assist in developing awareness and training strategies and materials, to support evaluation of Web sites for WCAG conformance, and/or for conformance to UAAG, ATAG, and XAG; assist in maintaining the reference links in existing evaluation and repair tools.
Research and Development Interest Group (RDIG):
Assist RDIG in developing materials to educate policy makers, researchers, students, and others about "Prioritized Research Problems" arising from RDIG discussions, and about "Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research."
WAI Interest Group (WAI IG):
Assist other W3C/WAI groups in identifying issues to bring into WAI IG for discussion; also assist in tracking and capturing issues from the WAI IG mailing list and identifying areas where awareness and/or training resources are needed.
WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG public page) (WAI CG Member-only page):
EOWG chair participates in the WAI CG in order to coordinate its activities with other WAI groups.
In addition, the EOWG coordinates with other W3C working groups developing education and outreach materials, including:

5. Duration

The EOWG is scheduled to last for 9 months, from October 2003 through June 2004, the currently chartered remaining duration of the WAI International Program Office Activity. EOWG expects at that point to re-charter as part of a renewed WAI International Program Office Activity. 

6. Success

Criteria for success of EOWG include:

7. Communication

Communication mechanisms for EOWG include:

8. Confidentiality

EOWG communications, home page, and charter are public. The majority of EOWG deliverables are public, except deliverables where there is a specific confidentiality requirement during development, such as in preparation of a fact sheet for use as part of press package to accompany an as-yet unreleased W3C Recommendation; or deliverables where there is a privacy concern continuing after development, such as in the case of a compilation of addresses of product managers willing to be contacted regarding accessibility resources, but not wanting their contact information available to the general public; or results of accessibility reviews for sites nominated for the Gallery.

9. Voting

This charter has been written in accordance with Section 3.4 "Votes" of the 18 June 2003 Process Document and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.

10. Participation

10.1 W3C Member and invited expert participation

The EOWG welcomes participation from representatives of W3C Member organizations, and also from invited experts from disability organizations, accessibility research projects, government organizations, and others interested in promoting Web accessibility, particularly those who have expertise in preparation of promotional materials and online educational resources relating to Web technologies. 

Participants are expected to observe the requirements of Section "Good Standing in a Working Group" of the W3C Process Document. For EOWG, the following commitment is expected of participants in good standing:

10.2 W3C Team resources

10.3 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

W3C promotes an open working environment. Whenever possible, decisions should be made unencumbered by intellectual property right (IPR) claims.

This is a Royalty Free Working Group, as described in W3C's Current Patent Practice.

Working Group participants disclose IPR claims by sending email to patent-issues@w3.org; please see Current Patent Practice for more information about disclosures.

10.4 How to join

Information about how to join the EOWG is available on the Web.

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