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Research and Development Interest Group (RDIG) Charter

This charter is written in accordance with Section 6.2.6 of the 5 February 2004 W3C Process Document.

  1. Mission
  2. Scope
  3. Duration
  4. Deliverables
  5. Milestones
  6. Dependencies
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Meetings
  9. Communication
  10. Voting
  11. Patent Disclosures
  12. Participation

Information about how to participate in RDIG is available.

1. Mission

The mission of the Research and Development Interest Group (RDIG) is:

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.

This mission is complementary to the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups within the WAI Technical Activity and the WAI International Program Office Activity. The RDIG is part of the WAI International Program Activity.

The original charter for this group is available. The RDIG is renewing its charter in order to continue exploring accessibility considerations in Web technologies.

2. Scope

2.1 Intended audience of deliverables

The primary audience for the RDIG's deliverables is public and private researchers of Web-related technologies including assistive technologies for people with disabilities. We expect that this work may also be of interest to potential funders of Web-related research.

2.2 Focus of activities

Items in the scope of work are:

3. Duration

The RDIG is scheduled for 24 months, from 1 January 2005 through 31 December 2006, at which point the RDIG should be re-evaluated for possible extension to continue activities relating to accessibility considerations in Web research and development.

4. Deliverables

  1. Teleconference Calendar: proposed list of topics, with schedule of teleconferences at which those topics will be addressed. Potential topics include:
  2. Teleconference seminars: Two hour teleconferences, scheduled approximately four times per year, to explore a given research topic in depth. Topics will be nominated and selected by the RDIG participants in good standing. Materials will be available at least one week in advance of the teleconference and will include:
  3. Reports: A brief written synopsis of discussion with links to the material generated for the seminar such as a reading list, key research projects for the topic, and audio and text transcripts.
  4. Prioritized Research Problems: Prioritized list of research questions that are not being investigated or are not being sufficiently investigated. Descriptions and implications of each question or issue will be provided as well as links to additional information if available.
  5. Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research: Start-up tips and very basic guidance for researchers, to help them incorporate accessibility into their research designs (not a comprehensive statement about how to do universal research design). Perhaps publish as a W3C Interest Group Note.
  6. Research Resources: Web page of reference links to accessibility-based research resources.

5. Milestones

All publishing milestones are approximate:

6. Dependencies

7. Confidentiality

The RDIG is a public Interest Group as defined by Section 4.1 of the W3C Process Document. The Interest Group maintains a public mailing list at public-wai-rd@w3.org.

8. Meetings

9. Communication

9.1 Communication within group

9.2 Communication within W3C

9.3 Communication with public

10. Voting

The primary means of decision-making in the RDIG is consensus. This charter is written in accordance with Section 3.4, Votes of the 5 February 2004 W3C Process Document and includes no voting procedures beyond what the Process Document requires.

11. Patent Disclosures

The RDIG provides an opportunity to share perspectives on Web accessibility. W3C reminds RDIG participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While the WAI IG does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Interest Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.

Please note that the proceedings of RDIG (mailing list archives, minutes, etc.) are publicly visible.

12. Participation

12.1 W3C Member and Invited Expert participation

The RDIG welcomes participation from W3C Member Organizations, and also invites experts from organizations researching Web technologies and accessibility, disability organizations, assistive technology developers, government organizations, and other interested in promoting accessibility of Web content, subject to the W3C Invited Expert policy. The RDIG is particularly interested in people with experience in:

Participants are expected to observe general participation requirements and to maintain good standing in the group as defined in the W3C Process Document. For the RDIG, the following commitment is expected:

Participation in RDIG teleconference seminars is open to the public and on a first-come first-served basis.

12.2 Participating in RDIG

Information about how to participate in RDIG is available.

12.3 W3C Team participation


$Date: 2005/01/21 21:49:40 $ Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>,  Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>

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