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Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)

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Announcements and Meetings

Meeting Minutes

See also: directions for scribing RDWG meetings.

Teleconference Meetings

RDWG meets weekly via teleconference on Wednesdays at 13:30 to 14:30 UTC. Please consult the World Clock Meeting Planner to find out the precise date for your own time zone.

Number for the teleconference bridge Zakim are:

The passcode is 7394 ("RDWG").

IRC Chat

We use IRC to accompany and support meetings where possible. Details are:

For help with IRC or to find a client, refer to the IRC Help Archive.

Face-to-Face Meetings

RDWG is expected to have 1-2 face-to-face meeting per year.

Upcoming F2F Meeting

Potentially co-located with the upcoming 10th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility – 13-15th May 2013 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Current Work

Research Topics

The RDWG Wiki provides and annotated catalog of research topics. This publicly available repository of information is developed collaboratively by participants of RDWG. RDWG will select research topics from this repository to further explore through teleconference seminar events. See the RDWG Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Seminar Events

RDWG is expected to organize 3-4 seminar events per year, that are 90-120 minute teleconferences to explore a specific research topic in depth. Topics will be nominated by the RDWG participants in good standing. See the RDWG Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Planning Resources


Proceedings from previous seminar events

About RDWG

The mission of the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) is to increase the incorporation of accessibility considerations into research on web technologies, and to identify projects researching web accessibility and suggest research questions that may contribute to new projects. The desired outcome of more research in web accessibility and awareness of accessibility in mainstream web-related research should decrease the number of potential barriers in future web-related technologies.

RDWG was previously an "Interest Group" and is now a full "Working Group", to allow a more solidly structured core group of participants. See the current RDWG Charter, information about W3C Working Groups, Interest Groups, and Coordination Groups, and contact Shadi Abou-Zahra (staff contact) for more information.

Chairs and Contacts


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