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WAI DA Update, July 2002

This update provides information on activities of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), for the Web Accessibility Initiative Design for All (WAI DA) Project in Europe. Please circulate to other mailing lists as appropriate, avoiding cross-postings where possible.

1. European Parliament Passes Resolution on Web Accessibility
2. Web Accessibility Keynote and Workshops at ICCHP in 2002 Linz
3. WAI Meetings
4. Comments invited on Requirements Document for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
5. Seeking Contacts at Web Design Associations in Europe
6. About the Web Accessibility Initiative and this WAI DA Update

1.     European Parliament Passes Resolution on Web Accessibility

On 13 June 2002 the European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting the importance of Web accessibility in European institutions and Member States. In particular, the resolution states that Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (priority levels 1 and 2) and future versions, should be implemented on public Web sites, and that EU Institutions and Member States should also comply with the Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines by 2003.

2. Web Accessibility Keynote and Workshops at ICCHP 2002 in Linz

The ICCHP 2002 Conference in Linz, 15-19 July, will include several events focusing on Web accessibility. These include a keynote on Wednesday by Judy Brewer; two workshops also on Wednesday (one for beginners, one advanced) on evaluating Web sites for accessibility by Sylvie Duchateau and Henk Snetselaar, with Wendy Chisholm; and a thematic session on eEurope -- eAccessibility on Thursday morning. The beginning level evaluation workshop will also be given in German on Tuesday.

3. WAI Meetings

- The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, and the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, will meet in Linz on 15-16 July, at the start of the ICCHP Conference.
    WCAG WG http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2002/07/f2f-agenda
    AUWG http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/2002/07/f2f-agenda
- The Education and Outreach Working Group will meet in Toronto on 29-30 July; discussion will include review teams for evaluation of Web accessibility.
    EOWG http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/2002/07-agenda
- The Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group met last month in Bristol, UK, 24-26 June; reports from that meeting are available.
    ERT WG http://www.w3.org/2002/05/er-swade-f2f
- Information on upcoming WAI meetings can regularly be found in the News section of the WAI home page.

4. Comments Invited on Requirements Document for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

Comments are invited on the Requirements document for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, which has already had several public Working Drafts available for comment. The Requirements documents highlights some of the changes and improvements intended in WCAG 2.0, although WCAG 1.0 will remain stable and referenceable for the foreseeable future.

5. Seeking Contacts at Web Design Associations

The WAI DA Project seeks contact information for Web design associations in Europe, particularly where such contacts are electronic, and members may be interested in receiving information on Web accessibility. Please contact Sylvie Duchateau <sylvie.duchateau@snv.jussieu.fr> if you have contacts to suggest.

6. About the Web Accessibility Initiative and this WAI DA Update

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an international effort based at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WAI addresses accessibility of the Web for people with disabilities through a variety of activities including technical and guidelines development, and educational work. WAI Design for All (WAI DA) is a project of WAI, funded by the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, to increase outreach and localizations of Web accessibility information in Europe. Additional information is available:
    W3C http://www.w3.org/   
    WAI http://www.w3.org/WAI/   
    WAI Resources http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/
    WAI DA http://www.w3.org/WAI/waida/

SUBSCRIPTIONS: The WAI DA Update is a periodic mailing about information and opportunities relating to Web accessibility in Europe, with distribution primarily through existing mailing lists. If you can post to an electronic mailing list within Europe and would like to receive the WAI DA Update for posting to a list, please contact Sylvie Duchateau at <sylvie.duchateau@snv.jussieu.fr> and provide information about the mailing list to which you have access.

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Sylvie Duchateau for the WAI DA Project
Judy Brewer, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

Last updated 12 July, 2002, by Judy Brewer (jbrewer@w3.org)

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