Revised Charter: Web Content Guidelines Working Group
Previously known as "WAI Markup Guidelines Working Group" and "WAI Page Author
Guidelines Working Group"
Duration of work items
Deliverables to be produced
Dependencies of this group on other groups
Dependencies of other groups on this
Intended degree of Confidentiality
Relation to other groups
Milestones for work items & deliverables
Meeting mechanisms & schedules
Level of involvement of Team
Estimate of time commitment a group member would have
to make in order to participate.
This revised charter extends the duration of the
Web Content Guidelines Working Group
(GL WG) to allow it to complete the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
and to do initial post-Recommendation analysis of implementation issues and
appropriate next steps in this area. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
focus on HTML, CSS, and XML, and provide guidance to Web content developers
on how to make Web sites accessible to users with disabilities. This Working
Group was originally chartered and a Call for Participation issued in
1997, and the group is within the duration, scope and resources of the
WAI Activity Proposal and
announcement. The Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Draft completed Last Call on
March 19, 1999.
2.1 Scope of work items:
producing a set of guidelines which is coordinated with other WAI guidelines;
collecting, creating, and testing techniques which satisfy checkpoints and
guidelines, and compiling these into a techniques document;
promoting implementation of accessibility improvements in technology of the
analyzing implementation and impact of guidelines and recommending next steps;
coordinating with related W3C activities as appropriate.
2.2 Criteria for success:
wide adoption of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Techniques;
demonstration of increase in Web accessibility resulting from implementation
The expected duration of the renewed Web Content Guidelines Working Group
is eight months, through November 30, 1999.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: A set of guidelines that clearly outlines
the major principles for creating accessible Web content, and includes verifiable
checkpoints for each guideline.
List of Checkpoints from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: A list
of the verifiable checkpoints, arranged as a checklist.
Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: A set of specific
techniques, coordinated with the guidelines, which explain how to satisfy
each checkpoint. The Techniques document will be an on-going compilation,
to be published as a Note rather than a Recommendation.
This group develops guidelines which address how to implement HTML 4.0, CSS1
and CSS2, XML, SMIL, etc., in a manner that results in Web sites that are
accessible. Coordination with W3C groups producing these specifications is
through the WAI CG and through the WAI's participation in the Hypertext CG.
Group procedings, e-mail list, archives, charter, and deliverables are all
public, as are the other WAI guidelines working groups.
The GL WG is related to other W3C groups as described in (5) and (6) above.
In addition, external organizations such as ISO, IEEE, national governments,
corporations, etc., may reference the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines;
and externally developed tools such as CAST's "Bobby" may use the guidelines
as the basis for their site evaluation protocols. Coordination with external
groups referencing the guidelines is primarily through the WAI International
Program Office. Coordination with CAST around implementation of the guidelines
in site evaluation protocols is shared between this group and the WAI Evaluation
and Repair Interest and Working Groups.
March, 1999: Proposed Recommendation expected for Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines and List of Checkpoints. (Last Call ended March 19, 1999).
May, 1999: Recommendation expected for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
and List of Checkpoints. Techniques document to be available as a draft Note
at the same time.
November, 1999: Analysis of implementation and recommendation for next steps.
Primary meeting mechanism:
Phone meetings weekly during Proposed Recommendation and bi-weekly during
Post-Rec stage (has been weekly).
Face-to-face meetings quarterly.
Communication within the group: as above at (10), and through WG home page
Communication with W3C: coordination through WAI CG and Hypertext CG
Communication with W3C Member organizations through Member newswire &
Communication with the public through WAI Education & Outreach WG
15% Ian Jacobs - co-editor
5% Daniel Dardailler - staff contact
5% Judy Brewer
5% Charles McCathieNevile
minimum 4 hours per week
must remain current on w3c-wai-gl list & respond in timely manner to
must participate in bi-weekly phone meetings as scheduled or regrets to chair
March 22, Judy Brewer,