(DRAFT) WAI Interest 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
The Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group (WAI IG) provides a forum
for discussion of issues relating to Web accessibility. In particular,
the WAI IG provides a forum for:
exploring barriers & solutions to Web accessibility;
review of deliverables of WAI working groups and interest groups;
exchanging information about Web-accessibility related activities around
2.1 Scope of WAI IG discussion
The scope of issues for WAI IG consideration includes issues within the
five areas of work of the Web Accessibility Initiative:
ensuring that the technologies of the Web support accessibility;
developing guidelines for Web accessibility;
developing tools to facilitate Web accessibility;
conducting education and outreach to promote Web accessibility;
tracking research and development which can affect future Web accessibility.
2.2 Criteria for success
Contribute to work of WAI working groups & interest groups, including
technical and outreach work, and contribute to promoting overall accessibility
of the Web.
3. Duration of work items
The expected duration of the WAI IG is two years, at which point the WAI
IG should be rechartered for the duration of WAI work.
As an Interest Group, the WAI IG is not primarily focused on production
of deliverables. However, it plays a critical role in:
Input: The WAI IG's on-going discussion of technical and implementation
issues related to Web accessibility helps drive the agendas of WAI working
groups. In addition, WAI working groups escalate discussion on key questions
to WAI IG for comment as needed.
giving input into issues addressed by WAI groups;
reviewing draft deliverables from WAI groups.
Reviews: The WAI IG provides a review of draft deliverables from
WAI groups by members of the disability community, research organizations,
industry, government, and others who have an interest in Web accessibility
but who do not participate directly on WAI working groups. Review periods
are usually one to two weeks, with advance notice of upcoming reviews so
that interested individuals can review background materials and set aside
time. WAI Working Group Chairs whose deliverables are reviewed by the WAI
IG should send a summary to WAI IG of comments received and changes made
as a result of the review.
5. Dependencies of other groups on this group
5.1. Groups which will use deliverables
All WAI working groups and interest groups use input and review from the
WAI Protocols and Formats Review Working
WAI Page Author Guidelines Working Group
WAI User Agent Guidelines Working Group
WAI Authoring Tool Guidelines Working
WAI Evaluation and Repair Interest
WAI Evaluation and Repair Working
WAI Education and Outreach Working Group
5.2 Liaison Methods
The Chair of the WAI IG sits on 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 whose work will be used
The WAI IG does not use the deliverables of other WAI groups except to
review the draft deliverables; however WAI IG members use the output of
WAI groups in their work to promote Web accessibility.
6.2 Required time of delivery.
Comments from WAI IG members on other WAI groups' deliverables are due
within a one-to-two week period as specified in the call for review.
7. Intended degree
The WAI IG home page, proceedings, and charter are all public.
8. Relation to other groups
8.1 Relation to W3C Groups
This group is related to other WAI groups via the dependencies on deliverables
described in sections 5 and 6 above.
This group is related to other W3C groups in that the WAI IG has an interest
in ensuring that all W3C Recommendations will contribute to Web accessibility,
and so will at times provide comment on recommendations going from the
WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group to other W3C groups.
8.2 Relation to External Groups
The WAI IG has no formal relations with external groups.
9. Milestones for work items & deliverables
Review comments on draft deliverables from other WAI groups are due within
a one-to-two week period as specified in the review announcement.
10. Meeting mechanisms & schedules
The primary forum for WAI IG discussion is the WAI IG mailing list. Because
of occasionally heavy traffic and a broad range of topics on WAI IG, sometimes
WAI IG discussions are moved onto other WAI mailing lists.
The WAI IG holds face-to-face meetings approximately four times a year
in conjunction with other WAI face-to-face meetings or with an event where
WAI IG members gather. WAI IG meetings are announced to W3C Member organizations,
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
WAI IG mailing
WAI IG Updates -- weekly to
bi-weekly updates on WAI activities
WAI IG group home page
quarterly face-to-face meetings
11.2 Communication with W3C
WAI IG coordinates with other WAI working groups through the WAI Coordination
WAI IG coordinates with W3C through the WAI Domain Leader;
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
WAI IG communicates with the public through the WAI home page.
12. Voting mechanisms and Escalation
Voting: Since WAI IG deliverables are input and review, there is no specific
WAI IG voting mechanism. Review comments are evaluated by WAI groups on
their merits, and changes made to deliverables. A preponderance of negative
comments from WAI IG members will result in withdrawal of a proposed deliverable
until the issues can be addressed.
Escalation: Other WAI groups escalate unresolvable issues to the WAI
IG for discussion and debate. If a matter remains unresolved after WAI
IG comment, it is escalated to the WAI Domain Leader and finally to the
W3C Director as needed.
13. Level of involvement of Team
10% Judy Brewer
5% Daniel Dardailler
14. W3C staff contact
Judy Brewer <email@example.com>
15. Estimated time and effort
commitments a group member would have to make in order to participate
There is no minimum required time and effort for WAI IG members. In this
respect the WAI IG differs from all other WAI groups. Estimated time for
a WAI IG member to remain current with mailing list discussions and provide
input and review as requested for the WAI IG is three hours per week.
As the Web Accessibility Initiative is a multi-stakeholder/partnership
project, it is critical that different stakeholders in Web accessibility
are represented on the WAI IG. These include:
representatives of Web-related industry, including Web content developers
and Web application developers;
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 government.
October 9, 1998