PROPOSAL: Procedure to Promote Progress With Accessibility Issues in HTML5
Statement of Purpose
The HTML5 Charter states, "The HTML Working Group will cooperate with the Web Accessibility Initiative to ensure that the deliverables will satisfy accessibility requirements." To fulfill the Charter's mandate and facilitate progress, the aforementioned statement must be enacted. The purpose of this document is to establish and formalize a HTML working group procedure in order that:
- Accessibility issues are dealt with in an efficient manner.
- HTML WG can document its accessibility efforts to fulfill the HTML5 Charter's accessibility mandate.
- Deliverables are assured to be accessible by the Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG), the W3C group chartered to increase support and coordinating plans for accessibility in W3C specifications.
- HTML 5 can become a W3C Recommendation without accessibility related formal objections.
The HTML WG will look to the W3C WAI groups for guidance, listen to their advice, and collaborate with them to reach mutually agreeable accessibility solutions. Furthermore, collaboration will be promoted in a pro-active manner, i.e., whenever possible, design features known or foreseen to have an impact on accessibility will be explored and discussed with the PFWG prior to decisions in order to ensure mutually beneficial resolution of issues.
- Approach issues on the basis of the shared goal of making HTML 5 the best solution for everyone, including people with disabilities.
- Work from concrete issues as to what in HTML 5 needs to be improved by asking PFWG to clearly identify accessibility functional requirements and provide rationale.
- Listen to their input, ask for clarification, and work together to devise solutions to satisfy accessibility requirements.
- Ask PFWG if proposed solutions meet accessibility requirements.
- If they say no, ask what functionality is still needed and continue the collaboration.
- If they say yes, incorporate text for the mutually agreed upon solution into the specification.
Tools to facilitate the procedure include but are not limited to:
- WAI XTECH Mailing List
- PF's Caucus on HTML Issues Weekly Teleconference
- Joint Task Forces/Ad Hoc Groups
- Joint Sessions at Face-to-Face Meetings
- HTML WG Teleconferences
- W3C HTML Working Group Wiki
All interested parties, in particular HTML WG editors, are encouraged to make use of these collaboration tools and opportunities.
- Laura L. Carlson email@example.com
- Bruce Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Catherine Roy email@example.com
- Debi Orton firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gez Lemon email@example.com
- Jason White firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Foliot email@example.com
- Leif Halvard Silli firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robert J Burns email@example.com
- Steve Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org