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User Agent Guidelines Working Group (UAWG)

  1. Mission statement
  2. Scope
  3. Duration of work items
  4. Deliverables to be produced
  5. Dependencies and relations with other groups
  6. Intended degree of confidentiality
  7. Projected milestones for work items & deliverables
  8. Communication mechanisms & meeting schedules
  9. Voting mechanisms
  10. Level of involvement of Team
  11. 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.

1.0 Mission statement

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.

2.0 Scope

  1. Accessibility and usability of the user agent interface by persons with disabilities;
  2. Implementation of features supporting accessibility in W3C specifications;
  3. Compatibility with features supporting accessibility in non-W3C specifications;
  4. Implementation of guidelines in post-Recommendation stage;
  5. Initial requirements for any subsequent work in this area.

3.0 Duration of work items

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.

4.0 Deliverables

4.1 Deliverables to be produced

  1. Minutes of UAWG meetings.
  2. User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, as Working Drafts, Last-Call Working Draft, Proposed Recommendation, and W3C Recommendation.
  3. Techniques for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, as a W3C Note.
  4. Report on implementation progress and assessment of need for subsequent work in this area.

4.2 Success criteria

5.0 Dependencies and relations with other groups

5.1 Communication about dependencies within WAI

5.2 W3C Groups with which UAWG has dependencies

6.0 Intended degree of Confidentiality

Group proceedings, e-mail list & archives, charter, and deliverables are public.

7.0 Projected milestones for work items & deliverables

NOTE! All milestones are estimated, and conditional on progress of the working group and review by W3C.

8.0 Communication mechanisms & meeting schedules

9.0 Voting mechanisms

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, via e-mail.

10.0 Level of involvement of Team

11.0 Participation in Working Group

11.1 Estimated time commitment to be considered a UAWG member in good standing

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 Document:

Participation on an ongoing basis implies a serious commitment to the Working Group charter. Participation includes:

For this Working Group, the following commitment is expected:

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 W3C Member organizations.

Jon Gunderson
Judy Brewer
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