Accessibility of Remote Meetings - Note Published

Dear WAI Interest Group,

W3C WAI announces the publication of the W3C Group Note:
      Accessibility of Remote Meetings

It is a companion to the existing W3C WAI resource:
      How to Make Your Presentations and Meetings Accessible to All

Remote meeting is an term used to describe real-time discussions or presentations held between two or more parties online. A remote meeting generally requires the use of an online meeting platform on an online device such as a computer, smartphone or digital assistant that allows participants to interact with each other. Typical features of remote meeting platforms include the use of audio communication via an online microphone or traditional telephone, video communication via an online camera, a chat feature for text-based communication and the ability to share content. This can include the sharing of a participant’s computer screen, the sharing of an on-screen presentation with media-rich content such as slides and videos, and the transferring of files. In broad terms, the accessibility requirements of standard remote meeting delivery rely on three distinct elements:

* The accessibility of the remote meeting platform;
* The accessibility of content that is shared during the meeting; and
* The accessibility awareness of hosts and participants when the remote meeting is taking place.
The accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities participating in remote meetings will depend on how these three elements interact.

The issues faced by people with disabilities will vary depending on the implementation of accessibility requirements and current limitations of remote meeting software. While W3C has applicable guidance across several standards and Notes relating to real-time communication and XR, it is this level of complexity that this document endeavors to address.

Learn more from this blog post:
      Accessibility of Remote Meetings

Jason White and Scott Hollier, Research Questions Task Force Co-Facilitators
Janina Sajka and Matthew Atkinson, APA Working Group Co-Chairs
Roy Ran, W3C Staff Contact for APA Working Group

Received on Friday, 22 July 2022 15:15:12 UTC