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WAI International Program Office Activity Statement

Given the vital role that the Web plays throughout society, it is essential to ensure that the Web is accessible to people with disabilities. Access to the Web can affect people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities. The solutions developed for web accessibility also benefit people without disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office helps create a forum where representatives of industry, the disability community, research, and government work together to identify accessibility requirements and develop solutions under W3C Process.

WAI's International Program Office Activity includes the following groups:

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

The following are key highlights of the WAI International Program Office since the previous W3C Advisory Committee Meeting in June 2014, through September 2014.

Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)

EOWG continued developing materials to promote accessibility and to support other WAI groups, and reviewing the deliverables of other WAI Working Groups for understandability, approachability, and ease-of-use. Particular highlights include the following:

These resources were developed with support from the EC-funded WAI-ACT Project.

Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)

RDWG continued to evolve and refine the reports from previous WAI Research and Development Symposia, that will each be published as a W3C Working Group Note. The group also continued to explore web accessibility research topics, including in the areas of web of things, big data, and way-finding. It is also holding its next research symposium:

RDWG invites Working Groups, W3C Members, and others interested in web accessibility research and development to contribute research topics for exploration. More information about RDWG and its online symposia is available in the RDWG Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

The work of RDWG was supported by the EC-funded WAI-ACT Project.

WAI Interest Group (WAI IG)

WAI staff continued to engage the WAI IG community by providing regular updates on WAI work through WAI Highlights available as RSS feeds, Twitter messages, and WAI Interest Group e-mails. WAI Chairs and Working Group participants monitor WAI IG discussion for feedback on their work and participate in discussions as appropriate.

As the WAI-Engage Community Group develops, we plan to encourage engagement of WAI IG participants in WAI-Engage.

WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG)

WAI Working Group Chairs and Staff Contacts met and coordinated regularly through WAI CG on key topics. Particular focus was put on coordinating on addressing accessibility requirements in HTML5 development; coordination joint activities on addressing mobile accessibility and accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

International Promotion, Standards Harmonization, and Outreach

Additionally, WAI staff conducted promotion, standards harmonization, and outreach activities, some of which are listed below.


Standards coordination and promotion:

WAI staff monitored developments, provided comments, and maintained dialog on the development of technical requirements for web accessibility, in particular on EC Mandate 376 and the proposed EC Directive on Web Accessibility.

WAI staff also promoted and supported the development of translations for WAI documents. In particular to promote the development of Authorized Translations for WCAG 2.0, that are currently available in 11 languages, with 4 more expected in the next weeks.

WAI-ACT Project

The EC-funded WAI-ACT Project ended as of 31 August 2014. Project resources supported the development of technical and educational resources through WAI Working Groups. More information is available in the WAI-ACT Project Deliverables.

WAI-DEV Project

The EC-funded WAI-DEV Project started on 1 April 2014. Project resources will support the updating and development of technical and educational resources through WAI Working Groups. More information is available in the WAI-DEV Project Deliverables.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The following are key highlights of the WAI International Program Office for the upcoming period:

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Education and Outreach Working Group
Sharron RushShawn HenryChartered until 15 July 2015
Research and Development Working Group
Markku Hakkinen, Vivienne ConwayShadi Abou-ZahraChartered until 15 July 2015
WAI Coordination GroupJudy BrewerShadi Abou-ZahraChartered until 18 May 2015
WAI Interest GroupShawn HenryShawn HenryChartered until 15 July 2015

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2014 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Shadi Abou-Zahra, WAI International Program Office Activity Lead

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