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This page is used by the task force to track our current work. To learn more about the task force take a look at our home page, our public list or our work statement. Send us comments at

Current Mandate

Our current mandate is to:

  • Perform a Gap Analysis;
  • create and suggest techniques; and
  • create a roadmap.

What are we working on now?

Right now we are working on the Gap Analysis.

A module of the Gap Analysis is user research. We are getting it ready for the first working draft. Note that the current draft of user research is on GitHub. You can also see the published draft at

Also as part of the Gap Analysis we are:


For citations and references we have the following protocal

  1. We should use end notes so all references are at the end of the publication.
  2. Content: We should always have the name of the article / book, author(s), date of publication, journal title (if appropriate),
    1. To cite a specific part of a source (always necessary for quotations), include the page.
    2. For urls should have the name of the article, date viewed and URL
  3. Technical notation: We had agreed on using the w3c reference notation at IE: 7.2 Citation
  4. Reference links (e.g., "[XML]"):
    1. Link at least the first mention of a source to the References section and
    2. Take the form: <a href="">Full Name</a> [<a href="#ref-REFNAME">REFNAME</a>]
    3. Parentheses around square brackets can be omitted unless the parentheses would contain a section number.
    4. References links occur at minimum at the first mention of the source. Spell out what the reference link refers to at least in the first occurrence, e.g.:

This is discussed in Namespaces in XML [XMLName]. or "This is discussed in the XML namespaces specification [XMLName]. " and not "This is discussed in [XMLName]".

Key links

Upcoming Work

Gap Analysis Road Map

Key Resolutions

  1. Name officially needs to include LD or CLL
  2. Term needed for "recommendations" in roadmap as "recommendations" is a reserved word in the W3C. (Suggestion: Proposals and/or Principles)
  3. Helping users improving skills is out of scope but useful for outreach
  4. We are avoiding the phrase ICT with other, Web related terms
  5. We can resolve small issues on the calls. Larger resolutions need to be approved on our list. We expect people to bring up opposition to resolution within 48 hours.
  6. Criteria by which we decide what research to accept:Due to practical constraints most research will simply be cited and not examined for credibility. However the following cases will rely on task force consensuses before inclusion:
    1. Commercial research that implies the use of a specific proprietary product will be examined for scientific credibility before being included
    2. Research where the task force is aware of contradictory evidence (including anecdotal) will be examined for scientific credibility before being included.

Links for evaluating what scientific research is good (or not):

Other Relevant Links

Technologies to review

Also taken from HTML 5 wishlist:

Authors of User group research modules

Volunteer research groups: John Rochford