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RE: 1999 a Banner Year for Accessiblity

From: Waddell, Cynthia <cynthia.waddell@ci.sj.ca.us>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 17:32:50 -0800
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To: "'webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net'" <webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Yes, it was a banner year and I would add the following events:

May 25, 1999- First US conference on the impact of the digital economy
convened by President 			Clinton; first commissioned paper
addressing US policy recognizing that US
research agenda must include accessible web design; see "The Growing Digital
Divide 		in Access for People with Disabilities:  Overcoming Barriers
to Participation" 			See

July 8, 1999- In the Virtual Debate "Boosting the UK Digital Economy- a
virtual think-tank", 			recommendations are reported out for
action by government and business on accessible 		web design;
see http://www.iib.com/reports/iib-vtt.htm (Recommendations 31-33)

July 29, 1999- The Portuguese Government passes a law mandating that
government web sites 			incorporate accessible web design
features for people with disabilities; result of
online Petition for the Accessibility of the Portuguese Internet; see

September 1999- World Economic Development Congress publication "World
Markets in 2000" selects 		web accessibility article "The
Growing Digital Divide in Access for People with
Disabilities: Overcoming Barriers to Participation" for distribution for
their World 		Bank/IMF Summit and to government cabinets around
the world

September 13, 1999- Attorney General for Australia directs the Human Rights
and Equal 				Opportunity Commission to
investigate the impact of electronic commerce on older
Australians and Australians with a disability 

There are probably many other international events that can be added to the

Cynthia D. Waddell

Cynthia D. Waddell   
ADA Coordinator
City Manager Department
City of San Jose, CA USA
801 North First Street, Room 460
San Jose, CA  95110-1704
(408)971-0134 TTY
(408)277-3885 FAX

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Bailey [mailto:bbailey@clark.net]
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2000 4:00 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: 1999 a Banner Year for Accessiblity

Dear Group,
I would like to put forth the observation that 1999 was an amazing year
in terms of accessibility of the Internet.  Was this year really great
-- or this progress part of the status quo?

Please add landmarks that I have omitted from this list.  I am sure that
a finalized version will get posted someplace appropriate!  Allow me to
start with the following:

02 Apr 1999    The Attorney General issued a memorandum to the heads of
all Federal agencies advising them of the requirements of Section 508
and providing instructions for conducting self-evaluations of their
electronic and information technology.  http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/508/

15 Apr 1999    HTML Writers Guild (HWG) launches AWARE (Accessible Web
Authoring Resources and Education) site.  http://aware.hwg.org/

05 May 1999    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG) released
as W3C Recommendation.  The WCAG had an earlier titled of "WAI
Accessibility Guidelines: Page Authoring" and was first a W3C Working
Draft 03 Feb 1998.  Before that, the document was know as the "Unified
Web Site Accessibility Guidelines" and was hosted by the Trace Research
and Development Center.  The WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative)
officially began life 07 Apr 1997.  http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/

28 May 1999    The Access plug-in for Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 for
Windows released.  Utility aids with access to Portable Document Format
(PDF) files.  Other conversion options are available.

09 Jun 1999    CAST releases new version of Bobby (3.1.1), a web-based
tool that analyzes web pages for their accessibility.  Bobby was first
made available in September of 1996.  http://www.cast.org/bobby/

04 Aug 1999    W3C publishes "Accessibility Features of CSS".

17 Sep 1999    W3C introduces the WCAG Conformance Logos.

21 Sep 1999    W3C publishes "Accessibility Features of SMIL".

26 Oct 1999    WAI "Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"
released as W3C Proposed Recommendation (review period ended 23 Nov
1999.  First a Working Draft titled "WAI Authoring Tool Guidelines" 12
Nov 1998.  http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-AUTOOLS/

01 Dec 1999 W3C WAI "User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0" last call
review period ends.  First public Working Draft announcement, 18 June
1998.  http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-USERAGENT/

24 Dec 1999    HTML 4.01 Specification released as W3C Recommendation.
W3C released the HTML 4.0 Recommendation in 18 Dec 1997 which included
many accessibility improvements.

Please correct any of my dates.
Bruce Bailey
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