User Agent Guidelines Working Group (UAWG)
- Mission statement
- Duration of work items
- Deliverables to be produced
- Dependencies and relations with other
- Intended degree of confidentiality
- Projected milestones for work items &
- Communication mechanisms & meeting
- Voting mechanisms
- Level of involvement of Team
- Participation in working group
Note. Although this is a public charter, some
of the links in this document refer to resources that require
W3C Member access.
To complete the development of User Agent Accessibility Guidelines
addressing accessibility of graphical, voice, and text browsers, multimedia
players, and third-party assistive technologies which work in conjunction with
browsers and multimedia players; and to perform an initial assessment of
implementation of these guidelines by user agent developers.
The User Agent Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) was originally
chartered in December, 1997. A previous charter is available
as well as a briefing package
for the WAI. The UAWG has produced several Working Drafts. Due to the
complexity of developing comprehensive and stable guidelines for accessibility
of user agents, the UAWG needs additional time to bring the document to
Proposed Recommendation, and to assess implementation after the document
becomes a Recommendation.
- Accessibility and usability of the user agent interface by persons with
- Implementation of features supporting accessibility in W3C
- Compatibility with features supporting accessibility in non-W3C
- Implementation of guidelines in post-Recommendation stage;
- Initial requirements for any subsequent work in this area.
The expected duration of the User Agent WG is through April
2000, at which time the group should be re-chartered if additional work on
user agent accessibility is needed.
4.1 Deliverables to be produced
- Minutes of UAWG meetings.
- User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, as Working Drafts, Last-Call
Working Draft, Proposed Recommendation, and W3C Recommendation.
- Guidelines must address cross-disability considerations, be
consensus-based, technically sound, and reflect the most current
- Guidelines should contain general or abstracted principles, followed
by a rationale or explanation, followed by verifiable
- Guidelines should be coordinated with the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines and Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines.
- Techniques for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, as a W3C Note.
- Techniques should consist of implementation detail for
implementation of checkpoints in the guidelines.
- Report on implementation progress and assessment of need for subsequent
work in this area.
4.2 Success criteria
- Production of deliverables listed in 4.1.
- Commitments from significant percentage of user agent developers to
implement User Agent Accessibility Guidelines in future product
5.1 Communication about dependencies within WAI
- The Protocols and Formats
WG (PFWG public page also
available) is the primary conduit for describing and resolving
dependencies between WAI groups and other W3C Working Groups.
Consequently, requirements for dependencies between the UAWG and other W3C
WG's are primarily channeled through the PFWG, and only groups with which
the UAWG requires direct discussions on dependencies are listed
- The User Agent Working Group will interact with the following W3C
Working Groups via the Protocols and Formats Working Group:
5.2 W3C Groups with which UAWG has dependencies
Group proceedings, e-mail list & archives, charter, and deliverables
NOTE! All milestones are estimated, and conditional on progress of the
working group and review by W3C.
- December, 1999 -- Publish Guidelines as Proposed Recommendation;
- February, 1999 -- Publish Guidelines as Recommendation;
- April, 2000 -- release initial report on implementation progress;
- May, 2000 -- recharter the Working Group if necessary.
- Communication within UAWG through w3c-wai-ua list
and UAWG home page;
- Meetings via weekly phone meetings and quarterly (roughly) face-to-face
meetings. As of the publication of this charter, the next
face-to-face is scheduled for December 1999 with another expected
in the first quarter of 2000; check
UAWG home page for specifics;
- Coordination through other WAI groups through WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG, Member-only);
- Communication with other W3C groups through Chairs mailing list
(Member-only) and meetings;
- Communication with the public through working draft releases and EOWG outreach.
The Working Group will follow the W3C Process for consensus and
votes (as described in the 8 June version). In case the Working
Group is required to vote on a particular issue, each Member
organization or technical expert's organization will have one vote,
- 40% Ian Jacobs -- staff contact and guidelines editor
- 5% Daniel Dardailler -- technical issues and coordination
- 5% Judy Brewer -- coordination with other WAI groups with W3C
11.1 Estimated time commitment to be considered a UAWG member in good
Participants are expected to observe the requirements of the W3C Process for Working
Groups. The following is an excerpt from the 8 June 1999 Process
Participation on an ongoing basis implies a serious commitment to
the Working Group charter. Participation includes:
- attending most
meetings of the Working Group.
- providing deliverables or drafts of
deliverables in a timely fashion.
- being familiar with the relevant
documents of the Working Group, including minutes of past meetings.
For this Working Group, the following commitment is expected:
- Minimum 4 hours per week, including meeting time and reading/responding
to mailing list;
- Remain current on w3c-wai-ua list & respond in timely manner to
postings on mailing list;
- Participate in weekly phone meetings or send regrets to Chair;
- Participate in face-to-face meetings or send regrets to the Chair;
- Remain aware of related work in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
and the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines.
Information about how to join the
Working Group is available on the Web.
11.2 IPR (Intellectual Property Rights)
The purpose of the UAWG is to produce public documents available
royalty-free to everyone, following W3C standard IPR terms. Therefore, anyone
commenting in the UAWG will be considered to offer these ideas as
contributions to the UAWG documents. Organizations with IPR in areas related
to the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines or Techniques must disclose IPR as
described in the W3C
Process regarding IPR and W3C's IPR fact
sheet. Invited experts
are required to disclose IPR claims in the same manner as individuals from
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