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Research Questions Task Force Announcement Reposted

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:02:51 -0400
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20160712010251.GA4740@opera.rednote.net>
Dear All:

I am reposting the announcement about the formation of a new WAI Task
Force as I understand many people on list missed the details of my
earlier announcement as the details were in an attachment.  So, with
apologies to all, here is that complete announcement again ...


                                                        Invitation to Participate in the Research Questions Task Force

  17 June 2016

   The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative announces the Research Questions Task
Force (RQTF), [1] part of the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working
Group. [2]

The purpose of the RQTF is to engage the research community in addressing
knowledge gaps uncovered while enhancing support for accessibility in the
technologies that will shape the future of the Web.

                                                                              How to Participate

   The RQTF seeks participation from researchers in accessibility and related fields who are keen to contribute their knowledge, ideas and experience to the development
   of Web technologies. Participants are sought from diverse research organizations, including those in academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector.

   Participation will provide a forum to share research interests, publish ongoing work, and stimulate new research ideas. By participating in the RQTF, you will help
   ensure that future web technologies live up to the promise of creating a Web that is accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.

   You can join the RQTF as follows:
    1. Contact the RQTF facilitator, Jason White (jjwhite at ets dot org), to indicate your interest and explore your role.
    2. Join the APA Working Group, following the procedures on the Working
Group's participation page. [3]
    3. Once you are a participant in APA, ask the staff contact Michael Cooper (cooper at w3 dot org) to add you to the task force.

                                                                                About the RQTF

   The APA Working Group reviews all draft W3C technical specifications to improve accessibility to people with disabilities. The RQTF will assist in this mission by:
     * Identifying short-term and long-term research questions for investigation;
     * Working to gain insight into these questions by identifying and synthesizing relevant research, identifying relevant researchers, and informing the community of
       unexplored research opportunities;
     * Disseminating its findings.

   A more comprehensive description of the activities and deliverables of the
Task Force is provided in the RQTF Work Statement. [4]

                                                                                 Scope of Work

   Examples of topics that may be investigated by the RQTF in the coming year include, but are not restricted to:
     * Authentication: How to enable users to authenticate their identities accessibly and securely on the Web;
     * CAPTCHA: Accessible approaches to distinguish humans from software agents;
     * Personalization: How web technologies should support the adaptation of user interfaces to each person's individual access needs;
     * Navigation: Explore how users of keyboard and assistive technology on desktop and mobile devices can best navigate complex web applications and structured

[1] https://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/task-forces/research-questions/
[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/
[3] http://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/participation
[4] https://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/task-forces/research-questions/work-statement


Janina Sajka,	Phone:	+1.443.300.2200
		Email:	janina@rednote.net

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa
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