TPAC Breakout proposals: innovative ATs; plus an update on games

Hi APA and RQTF,

On a recentish APA call, we discussed some innovative ATs that have been developed as research projects and provide a high degree of UI personalisation, adaptivity and/or provide a different take on some 'classic' adaptations compared to 'traditional' ATs. It was suggested that I propose a TPAC breakout to briefly introduce these and for participants to discuss them and how they might relate to the web and standards. It was also suggested both APA and RQTF may be interested and want to comment on this—your feedback is actively sought and most welcome :-).

Below is a draft proposal that I intend to submit soon (it has to be in before the 19th, i.e. not later than the 18th). There's a page on the W3C Wiki containing existing proposals [1]. I was wondering about making it open to the public; whilst I think this is generally a good idea, I'm not expecting to show any slides, and I'm thinking it may be ideally suited for people in standards to discuss how any of this could be adopted, but I guess the more the merrier, and we could just adapt to the audience we get :-).

The idea of a game accessibility session was also floated on a recent APA call, though I've found that the Web Games Community Group is meeting—not to discuss accessibility specifically, but if there's opportunity or time I could mention it. So maybe it's best to just attend the Web Games CG meeting to discuss games. If you feel very strongly that a games breakout focusing on accessibility is important, by all means feel free to reply here.

Here's the proposal for the 'innovative AT' breakout, using the required format. I'll post it to the wiki page before the 19th.


Innovative adaptation, personalization and assistive technologies

Summary (one-sentence or so): The world of research has developed a numbers of super-helpful, user-tailored and also fairly transparent adaptations that could help a wide range of people more easily access devices, computers and the web. This session will introduce a few of these, but the primary goal is to discuss them and seek feedback on how we might incorporate them into the web. You can get a flavour of the adaptations at: <>

Type of session (e.g.: open discussion, talk, panel, etc.): short talk to introduce a few key adaptations, followed by open discussion.

Goals: (1) Raise awareness of some ways that interfaces and content can be adapted that can help a wide range of people; (2) Seek ideas as to how these sorts of adaptations could be applied in the context of the web (standards, content, browsers, ...)

[optional] Additional speakers/panellists: <anyone interested in joining?>

[optional] Apply to be a #Public_Breakout (breakouts open to the world at large, not just the W3C community) <do you have any thoughts, APA/RQTF?>


Please let me know if you have any thoughts/suggestions.

best regards,


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Matthew Tylee Atkinson
Senior Accessibility Engineer
The Paciello Group
A Vispero Company
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