Call for Participation: Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group Charter Approved; Join APA WG

Dear APA Task Force Colleagues:

I am pleased to forward the attached announcement of APA's new Working
Group Charter. This is very good news because we cannot meet or publish
without an active Charter, and our last Charter expired on 31 July.

Please be aware that there's an associated action that is required of
you. You will need to rejoin APA at some point during the next 45 days
and accept the terms of the policies governing our work. If you do not
initiate this yourself, you will receive an email reminder. If too much
time passes you will eventually be dropped for failure to rejoin.
Fortunately, this is not a complicated process, and all you need to know
is referenced in the attached document.

I look forward to our continuing work together.


PS: Note that COGA operates under joint sponsorship of APA and AG, and
many COGA members participated under the Accessibility Guidelines
Working Group Charter rather than the APA Charter. If that's you, this
announcement does not apply to you.


Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures

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Dear Advisory Committee Representative,
Cc Chairs for info,

The Director is pleased to announce the recharter of the Accessible 
Platform Architectures Working Group:

The group is chartered through 31 July 2023.

The mission of the Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group is to 
ensure W3C specifications provide support for accessibility to people 
with disabilities. The group advances this mission through review of W3C 
specifications, development of new specifications and technical support 
materials, collaboration with other Working Groups, and coordination of 
harmonized accessibility strategies within W3C.

Please use the following form to have your organization join the group. 
The form will also instruct you how to nominate participants:

If your organization is currently in the group, please note that you 
will need to have it re-join the group as the new charter is now 
operating under the revised 2020 Patent Policy. This Call for 
Participation triggers the start of the 45 days grace period. See:

Please consider diversity when proposing people to participate in W3C 
groups. Representation from a wider group of people, especially people 
from under-represented groups, is vital for creating web standards that 
meet the needs of the wider web community.

The Working Group chairs are Becky Gibson (Invited Expert) and Janina 
Sajka (Invited Expert). Team Contacts are:

   Michael Cooper (0.30 FTE Primary TC [external funds])
   Ruoxi Ran (0.25 FTE for Personalization Semantics, Pronunciation, and 
   Joshue O Connor (0.80 FTE for RQTF [external funds])
   Judy Brewer (0.10 FTE for RQTF [external funds])

More information about the Accessible Platform Architectures Working 
Group can be found on its homepage:

Results of Charter Call for Review
We called for charter review on 16 April, 2021:

Thanks to the 32 Members who provided input:

28 reviewers supported the charter as is, 2 suggested changes, and 2 
formally objected.

The charter was changed to set a two-year charter duration, from the 
expected start date. Thus one original formal objection was withdrawn.

One change was to increase the focus on horizontal review by linking the 
term when used in the Scope and adding a sub-section in the Deliverables 
with details about horizontal review work. We believe this addresses the 
remaining formal objection, but the formal objection was not formally 

We also have added a liaison to the EPub Working Group, as requested.

Regarding the *Personalization and Pronunciation* specifications, while 
we agree that it might be preferable to move these specifications to 
dedicated Working Groups, these items are essential for web users with 
disabilities. From discussions over the past year we do not believe it 
is likely that there would be resource allocation for new groups in a 
timely way. Additionally, while there is a preference that most 
incubation work be done in community groups, we believe that these 
deliverables still need the support of an established Working Group.

To see all changes relative to the previous charter, follow this link:

This announcement follows section 7.1.2 of the W3C Process Document:

and the Call for Participation follows section 5.2.4 of the W3C Process 

Thank you,

For Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director,
Philippe le H├ęgaret, Project Management Lead,
Judy Brewer, WAI Director,
Michael Cooper, APA WG Staff Contact;
Xueyuan Jia, W3C Marketing & Communications

Received on Wednesday, 11 August 2021 11:50:49 UTC