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Participating in the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)

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Contributing to EOWG

Options for contributing to the work of the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) include:

See also Participating in WAI for broader participation options throughout the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

If you have any questions, contact the W3C Team contact for EOWG, Shawn Henry.

Subscribing to the mailing list

The EOWG mailing list archives are publicly available and can be read by anyone. If you would like to contribute online to the work of the EOWG, you may subscribe to the EOWG mailing list.

Subscribing to the mailing list does not make you an active participant; however, it does allow you to comment and contribute through the mailing list.

To subscribe to the EOWG mailing list:

  1. If you do not have a W3C Access Account login and password, request a W3C Access Account:
    • If you work for a W3C Member organization, complete the Member Access Request Form. In the "Additional information that might be helpful in processing your request (optional):" field, fill in: "To subscribe to the WAI EOWG mailing list."
    • If you do not work for W3C Member organization, complete the Public Access Request Form. In the "Describe the specific purpose for this public access name and password:" field, fill in: "To subscribe to the WAI EOWG mailing list."
    You should receive your W3C login name and password within 2 business days.
  2. After you receive your W3C login name, request to be added to the EOWG mailing list by sending an e-mail:
    • including your W3C login in the e-mail body
    • with subject line "Request for EOWG mailing list"
    • to: wai-eo-call@w3.org

If you do not recieve confirmation that you have been added to the mailing list with in one week, contact the W3C Team contact for EOWG, Shawn Henry.

Becoming an Active Participant

Participant status requires a commitment on your behalf to support the work of the group. The EOWG Charter explains expectations of 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. Active participants are expected to contribute to the development of deliverables by:

With permission of the Chairs, an individual may contribute only to a specific deliverable, and thus only needs to meet the participation expectations related to that deliverable.

If you work for a W3C Member organization:

  1. Read the EOWG Charter.
  2. If you do not have a W3C Access Account login and password, complete the Member Access Request Form. In the "Describe the specific purpose for this public access name and password:" field, fill in: "For participation in the WAI EOWG." You should receive your W3C login name and password within 2 business days.
  3. After you receive your W3C login name, ask your W3C Advisory Committee (AC) Representative to:

You will be notified when these forms are processed and you are added to the EOWG mailing list.

If you do not work for a W3C Member organization:

If you do not work for a W3C Member organization and you think that you have the availability and expertise to contribute as an active participate, see the steps for becoming an "Invited Expert" below. Note that EOWG is a public Working Group and participation in it does not give you access to information that is W3C Member-confidential.

  1. Learn about participating in EOWG.
  2. Explain your interest in contributing to EOWG work in an e-mail to EOWG Co-Chairs Sharron and Brent, and W3C Staff Contact Shawn, at team-eowg-chairs@w3.org.
  3. Demonstrate your understanding of EOWG and your contributions by commenting on open issues and documents-in-progress through GitHub (strongly preferred) or the wai-eo-editors@w3.org mailing list. You are welcome to comment on other EOWG documents, although we might not be able to address your comments right away.
    • Subscribe to the EOWG mailing list, per list instructions above.
    • Watch the Work for this Week and the EOWG mailing list for open issues and documents-in-progress.
      • GitHub - You can raise issues; fork and edit, and submit pull requests; etc.
      • Surveys - You can see the results of surveys, although not access the surveys themselves. To see the results, add "/results" to the end of the URL.
      • Wiki pages - You can see them, but not edit them.
    • If you have questions, e-mail team-eowg-chairs@w3.org.
  4. After you are comfortable that you understand EOWG and have demonstrated contributions, e-mail team-eowg-chairs@w3.org with ideas on how you can contribute more as an active EOWG participant. We will probably schedule a time to talk via phone.
  5. After you receive an invitation from the Chairs and Staff Contact (probably via phone, maybe via e-mail), complete the W3C Invited Expert Application.
  6. You should receive a reply within 10 business days. If you are accepted as an Invited Expert, you will receive confirmation with additional instructions on one more form to complete.
    If you do not recieve a reply within 10 days, contact the W3C Team contact for EOWG, Shawn Henry.