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Schedule of Deliverables

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External Deadlines

Finished Date

Interim dates


HTML Mapping




  • First draft exisisting mappings in May 31
  • Clean draft existing mappings Mid June
  • HTML 5 normative mappings first draft Mid July

DB: Where will we collect this data?
CS: The table started with existing published tests, and I've been filling it in based on my own testing.

ARIA Mapping


First IG working draft


  • First draft Mid June
  • Working Draft Aug 1


Implementation Guide Document


ARIA CR end of 09

Last call in November

  • Todo's except reorganization done end of May
  • Editor's draft June 8
  • Meeting Topics leading up to second editor's draft
    • June 12: Intro and Keyboard (1&2). What sections are missing?
    • June 19: Section 3 Mapping, including HTML and ARIA mapping table analysis (3)
    • June 26: Bug prioritization, Section 3 Mapping, starting with 3.6, HTML and ARIA mapping table analysis
    • July 2: Reorganization of sections 4 (Managed States) and 5 (Special Document Handling)
    • July 10: Section 6 Error Handling
    • July 17: What sections are missing? Action Item and Bug cleanup in preparation for drafting. This will also be tracked quickly at the beginning of every meeting.
  • Editor's draft July 22, in time for PF F2F (include mapping tables, and reorganization). At the F2F, we will discuss it and make a decision to publish public working draft Aug 1.
  • 2 working drafts
    • Aug 1
    • Sept 30

Reorganizaiton includes generalizing 4.1, David will help Andi with this

ARIA Test Cases


Beginning of CR (End of '09)


  • What types of tests do we want to spend time on?
  • Gather existing tests
  • gap analysis
  • develop new tests
  • Internal review period


This doesn't seem doable in the ARIA CR timeframe by this task force, which only has a few members

Move to ARIA TF or create a test case task force?  Discuss with PF on Wednesday.

HTML5 Test Cases


Start After ARIA CR




Date for decision on which are normative

Proposal to PF

Proposal to HTML

Discussion with both


Decision in mid september

  • Proposal mid July
  • PF discussion July or August (whenever we have a quorum)
  • HTML tracking call July or August
  • HTML list discussion:  talk to Chris Wilson about how best to do this