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(Draft Proposal)

W3C Workshop on the Future of User Agent Accessibility

Proposed for Winter or Spring of 2004


This draft proposal is for the internal use by the W3C User Agent Working Group and the WAI Coordination Group for exploring the development of a workshop on User Agent Accessibility. This draft proposal should not be considered as a committment or endorsement by the W3C, WAI, the User Agent Working group or any other organization to develop or host a workshop on this or any other related topic. This document maybe discarded or modified at any time and should not be referenced in its present state.

  1. Workshop Goal
  2. Background
  3. Workshop Scope
  4. Deliverables
  5. Expected Audience
  6. registration
  7. Position Papers
  8. Workshop Organization
  9. Program Committee
  10. Venue
  11. Important Dates
  12. Resources

Workshop Goal

The World Wide Web Consortium is exploring the possibility of sponsoring a workshop to discuss emerging and future needs of accessibility for software and devices that render content through the World Wide Web. We are inviting position papers that discuss technology considerations in making applications and devices for rendering web content more accessible to people with disabilities. The results of this workshop will help guide the W3C in defining future efforts in the area of user agent accessibility, stimulate discussion of user agent accessibility within the development and consumer communities, and facilitate coordination with organizations engaged in related efforts.


The User Agent Working Group published the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 in December 2002. Since that time the working group has been developing test suites and tracking implementation of the guidelines. The requirements of UAAG 1.0 were primarily modeled after graphical desktop browsers and multimedia players. New technologies based on speech input and output, and other pervasive computing devices have accessibility issues that may not be directly addressed in UAAG 1.0. Other groups, like the Assistive Technology Industry Association, are working on general assistive technology and software design issues that directly relate to user agent designed to render web content. A workshop will help the W3C plan activities to address new technologies, coordinate efforts with other organizations and identify limitations of UAAG 1.0.

Workshop Scope

The workshop will discuss technology considerations for the future of UAAG including new features or applications of UAAG, technical problems with UAAG 1.0 and requirements unmet by UAAG 1.0 that have arisen as a result of UAAG implementation or referencing.


To help prepare for discussions at the workshop and to continue discussions following the workshop, we invite discussions on the UAAG public mailing list. To subscribe, send mail to and put the word "subscribe" in the subject line. A public archive of this list is available at

The workshop is expected to result in the following deliverables:

These will be published on the workshop home page.

Expected Audience

We expect several communities to contribute to the workshop:


To be determined

Position Papers

Position papers are the basis for the discussion at the workshop and will be made available to the public as a part of the workshop preparation. We are inviting position papers that discuss technology considerations for the future of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines.

Papers should propose new features or applications for the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) or identify a technical problems with UAAG 1.0. New applications include, but are not limited to portable or pervasive web technologies, information kiosks and voice browsers.

All papers should be 600 - 3000 words long, although they may link to longer versions or appendixes. Papers should indicate what, if any, work has already been done towards developing a new requirements or applications of UAAG, and any companies or organizations that are willing to commit resources towards this effort.

Position papers will be published on the public Web pages of the workshop, so position papers and slides of presentations must be available for public dissemination. Submitting a position paper comprises a default recognition of these terms for publication. The allowed format is HTML/XHTML which is at least W3C WCAG 1.0 Double-A compliant. Papers in other formats will be returned with a request for correct formatting. People who need help understaning or converting materials to the formatting requirements can contact the chairs.

The Program Committee may ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to explicitly present their position at the workshop to foster discussion. Presenters will also make the slides of the presentation available on the workshop Web home page.

Note: Examples of position paper formatting and organization can be found by reviewing the HTML foramtted accepted papers for the W3C Workshop on the long term Future of P3P and Enterprise Privacy Languages.

Workshop Organization

Workshop Chairs

To be determined

Program Chairs

To be determined

Program Committee

To be determined


The workshop program is expected to run from 9 am to 6 pm for two days. More details will be determined when available


To be determined, probably in the San Francisco Bay area of California

Important Dates

To be determined

W3C Resources

Over the period of XX weeks, this work will consume XX% of the time of one W3C Team member for committee work, 20% of the time of one W3C Team member to handle local organization, and 10% of the time of one W3C Team member for managing the workshop Web pages. This effort is part of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Jon Gunderson (Jon Gunderson)
Last revised: $Date: 2003/09/16 16:25:14 $

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