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[Fwd: Fwd: Extending Deadline on WCAG 2.0 Last Call Review]

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 14:23:27 -0400
Message-ID: <447DDF1F.2090703@utoronto.ca>
To: WAI-AUWG List <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>

Sorry if you already received this:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Extending Deadline on WCAG 2.0 Last Call Review [was: 
Fwd: Call for Review: Last Call Working Draft of Web Content 
Accessibility Guidelines 2.0]
Resent-Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 03:58:58 +0000
Resent-From: w3c-wai-cg@w3.org
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 23:56:50 -0400
From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
To: WAI Coordination Group <w3c-wai-cg@w3.org>

Please note the extension of the review period for WCAG 2.0 Last Call
Working Draft. The new deadline is 22 June 2006.

Thank you,

- Judy

>Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 13:04:46 -0400
>To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
>Subject: Extending Deadline on WCAG 2.0 Last Call Review [was: Fwd: Call 
>for Review: Last Call Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility 
>Guidelines 2.0]
>Cc: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, 
>Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
>Bcc: Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@adobe.com>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
>Dear WAI Interest Group Participants:
>Please note that the deadline for comments on WCAG 2.0 has been extended 
>by three weeks. The new deadline is now Thursday 22 June 2006 instead of 
>31 May 2006, to allow more time due to the wider attention that this Last 
>Call Working Draft is receiving. We thank early commenters for the 
>numerous constructive comments that the Working Group has already 
>received; the Working Group is already working on your comments. Please 
>also note the following clarifications with regard to the review process.
>1. The deadline for comments on the Last Call Working Draft only applies 
>to the Guidelines document itself. The supporting documents 
>("Understanding WCAG 2.0" and "Techniques for WCAG 2.0") do not have a 
>deadline for comments, though you may find them helpful in understanding 
>or implementing the provisions in the guidelines. We welcome comments on 
>the supporting documents in addition to comments on the guidelines, but we 
>encourage you to focus your attention on the relatively short guidelines 
>document itself during the review period.
>2. While the Working Group has provided a form for comment submissions, 
>you may also email comments directly to the comments list without the 
>form. Some commenters have already done this; we've now made this more 
>obvious in the commenting instructions [1]. However, if you do use the 
>comments form, it will give the Working Group consistent and specific 
>information that can help them better understand and address the issues 
>that you raise.
>3. Under W3C Process, a "Last Call Working Draft" is not the last step 
>before the document is finished; neither is it the beginning of the review 
>process. This Last Call Working Draft follows a series of Public Working 
>Drafts that have been previously circulated for comment, and the Working 
>Group has already incorporated extensive contributions from those reviews. 
>Last Call Working Draft is one of the most important stages at which to 
>comment; however it is followed by another stage, Candidate 
>Recommendation, where reviewers can submit comments based on 
>implementations of WCAG 2.0; then by Proposed Recommendation, when W3C 
>Members review it for approval as a Recommendation. Please see the 
>original call for review further down in this message, and the commenting 
>instructions [1], which provide more information on these stages.
>Review comments are extremely valuable to W3C/WAI. One of the strengths of 
>W3C/WAI's process is that it encourages broad public review and 
>participation from many different perspectives. We have received 
>contributions throughout the course of developing WCAG 2.0 from 
>individuals and organizations around the world, including disability 
>organizations, industry, Web developers research, education, government, 
>and other areas, as well as contributions throughout the process from the 
>diverse membership of the WCAG Working Group itself.
>If you haven't yet, I encourage you to read the guidelines while they are 
>in Last Call Working Draft; evaluate them against your own needs and 
>expectations; then share with the Working Group your comments on what you 
>think needs to change in the document. As with any W3C group during Last 
>Call, the WCAG Working Group will review and respond to all comments 
>received on the Last Call Working Draft. Your comments help us to create 
>the best and most usable document that we can.
>Thank you in advance for your comments.
>- Judy
>[1] How to comment on WCAG 2.0 http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/comments/
>>Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:57:28 -0700
>>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>>From: Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
>>Subject: Call for Review: Last Call Working Draft of Web Content
>>   Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>>Cc: jbrewer@w3.org, john_slatin@forum.utexas.edu, po@trace.wisc.edu,
>>         Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
>>Dear WAI Interest Group Participants:
>>A Last Call Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>>(WCAG 2.0) as well as two supporting documents were published 27 April 2006.
>>W3C strongly encourages broad community review of this Last Call Working
>>Draft, and submission of comments on any issues which you feel could present
>>a significant barrier to future adoption and implementation of WCAG 2.0.
>>(Note that only the WCAG 2.0 is in Last Call and only the WCAG 2.0 will
>>become a Recommendation.  Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0
>>are being developed  to support WCAG 2.0, and will be released as Working
>>Group Notes when WCAG 2.0 becomes a Recommendation.)
>>In particular, we encourage you to comment on the conformance model and
>>success criteria. Reviewers are encouraged to provide suggestions for how to
>>address issues as well as positive feedback, and commitments to implement
>>the guidelines. This message contains information on the documents and  how
>>to comment.
>>Comments should be received on or before 31 May 2006.
>>Comments should be made in one of four formats:
>>    * online form,
>>    * downloadable excel form,
>>    * downloadable html form, or
>>    * downloadable text form.
>>Instructions and downloadable files for all are available at:
>>WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web content for people with
>>disabilities. It will apply to a wider range of Web technologies than WCAG
>>1.0, and is intended to be understandable to a wider audience.
>>Until WCAG 2.0 becomes a W3C Recommendation, WCAG 1.0 will continue to be
>>the current and stable document to use. Most Web sites that conform to WCAG
>>1.0 should not require significant changes in order to conform to WCAG 2.0,
>>and may not need any changes.
>>This 27 April 2006 release of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>>is a Last Call Working Draft by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
>>Working Group (part of the Web Accessibility Initiative). Publication as a
>>Last Call Working Draft indicates that the WCAG WG believes it has addressed
>>all substantive issues and that the document is stable (see below for more
>>information on subsequent stages). The first public Working Draft of WCAG
>>2.0 was published 25 January 2001.  Since then, the WCAG WG has published
>>nine Working Drafts, addressed more than 1,000 issues, and developed a
>>variety of supporting resources for the guidelines.
>>A good place to start a review of WCAG 2.0 is with the
>>"Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Documents."
>>The Overview explains the relationships  between WCAG 2.0 and the supporting
>>documents, and links to the  current version of  each document.
>>The Overview is available at:
>>        <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20>
>>The documents published on 27 April 2006:
>>        - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>>          <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/>
>>        - Understanding WCAG 2.0
>>          <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20060427/>
>>        - Techniques for WCAG 2.0
>>          <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20060427/>
>>The WCAG WG believes that after Last Call, WCAG 2.0 will be ready to move on
>>to the remaining stages of the W3C Recommendation Track Process:
>>  * Candidate Recommendation - when the WCAG WG will collect implementation
>>experience on use of WCAG 2.0 to design and evaluate Web content for
>>  * Proposed Recommendation - when W3C will seek endorsement of the
>>specification from W3C Member organizations;
>>  * Recommendation - when WCAG 2.0 will be published by   W3C as a technical
>>report appropriate for widespread deployment and the promotion of W3C's
>>Note that the WCAG WG will start collecting implementation examples early in
>>the Last Call review period. Please visit the WAI home page for more
>>information. <http://www.w3.org/WAI/>
>>Additional information about the WCAG WG is available at:
>>    <http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/>
>>A list of changes to WCAG 2.0 since the previous draft is available at:
>>    <http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/change-history.html>
>>This message may be circulated to other lists, avoiding cross-postings
>>where possible.
>>Thank you in advance for your comments,
>>Wendy Chisholm - W3C Team Contact for WCAG WG
>>Gregg Vanderheiden - Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of Trace R&D Center,
>>University of Wisconsin-Madison
>>John Slatin - Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of the Accessibility
>>Institute at Univerity of Texas at Austin
>>Judy Brewer - Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C
>Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
>Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
>MIT/CSAIL Building 32-G530
>32 Vassar Street
>Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA

Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium 
MIT/CSAIL Building 32-G530
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA

Jan Richards, M.Sc.
User Interface Design Specialist
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto

   Email: jan.richards@utoronto.ca
   Web:   http://jan.atrc.utoronto.ca
   Phone: 416-946-7060
   Fax:   416-971-2896
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