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Expression of intent for official translation of W3C-WAI documents to Greek

From: Constantine Stephanidis <cs@ics.forth.gr>
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 19:23:17 +0300
Message-ID: <094c01c7918d$303626e0$6eba5b8b@ics.forth.gr>
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Cc: "Constantine Stephanidis" <cs@ics.forth.gr>

Dear all,

In recent years, awareness of Web accessibility issues in Greece is growing
considerably. With the objective to foster this process, the Institute of
Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
(FORTH-ICS) will undertake the translation in Greek of several WAI
documents, and would like such translations to be authorized by W3C. The
entire translation procedure will fully comply with the Policy for
Authorized W3C Translations, as the enclosed relevant information indicates.

Kindest regards,

Professor Constantine Stephanidis
Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
GR - 70013 Heraklion, Crete

E-mail: cs @ ics.forth.gr

Documents to be translated

1.       Basic Glossary of WAI Documents

Technical Reports
2.       Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
3.       Checklist of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
4.       Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
5.       Core Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
6.       CSS Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
7.       HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
8.       Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (full version)
9.       Understanding WCAG 2.0
10.    Techniques for WCAG 2.0
11.    Requirements for WCAG 2.0
12.    Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Checklists and Techniques

General WAI documents
13.    WCAG overview
14.    Developing organizational policies on web accessibility
15.    Essential components of web accessibility
16.    Introduction to web accessibility


The Institute of Computer Science (ICS), an ERCIM member, is one the seven
institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), a
major national research centre partly funded by the General Secretariat for
Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Development. The mission
of FORTH-ICS is to perform high quality basic and applied research, to
promote education and training, and to contribute to the development of the
Information Society, at a regional, national, and European level. Since its
establishment in 1983, FORTH-ICS has had a long history and recognised
tradition in conducting basic and applied research, and playing a leading
role, in Greece and internationally, in the field of Information and
Communication Technologies.
The Human Computer Interaction Laboratory of FORTH-ICS carries out leading
research activities focused on developing user interfaces for interactive
applications and services that are accessible, usable, and ultimately
acceptable for diverse users in the Information Society. The Laboratory also
operates the Centre for Universal Access & Assistive Technologies (CUA&AT).
The main objective of the Centre, which operates in the context of the Human
Computer Interaction Laboratory of FORTH-ICS, is to support the equal
participation and socio-economic integration of people with various types of
disability in the emerging Information Society, by developing accessible
applications and services. The Centre is actively involved in the
eEurope/eAccessibility initiatives of the EC, and in the establishment of
national recommendations in that respect. The Centre also contributes to
international standardisation activities as well as to dissemination
activities promoting accessibility. The Centre for Universal Access and
Assistive Technologies is the co-ordinator of GR-DeAN, the Greek Design for
All eAccessibility Network, operating as the National Contact Centre in the
context of EDeAN, the European Design for All eAccessibility Network. The
GR-DeAN Network aims to promote in Greece the application of the "Universal
Access and Usability" and "Design for All" principles, support activities
towards the equal participation of individuals with disabilities in the
Information Society as well as raise awareness of public and private actors
regarding the adoption and implementation of W3C-WAI accessibility
guidelines. Special Interest Groups have been set up to carry out
discussions related to accessibility issues in Greece.  The network is
coordinated by FORTH-ICS in cooperation with the National Confederation of
People with Disability of Greece (ESAEA).

Vassilika Vouton, GR-700 13 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Director of FORTH-ICS and Head of the HCI Laboratory: Prof. Constantine
(cs @ ics.forth.gr)

W3C Greek Office
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Office in Greece was founded in 1998 and
is hosted by FORTH-ICS. The Greek W3C Office is the only Greek organisation
authorised to enrol new W3C Members in Greece. The Office also disseminates
information regarding W3C cutting-edge technologies, including the work
performed on the potential of the present Web so that it evolves to the Web
of the future. Finally, the Office extends its range to European
Organisations residing in Greece, including the latest W3C member, ENISA,
the European Network and Information Security Agency, which recently joined
W3C through the Greek Office.

Vassilika Vouton, GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Head: Prof. Evangelos Markatos (markatos @ ics.forth.gr)

The National Confederation of Disabled People is an umbrella organization
representing the disability movement of Greece. The N.C.D.P was founded in
1989 by organizations of people with disabilities and their families in
order to copy with issues of common interest related to any kind of
disability and therefore, is a strong, independent representative body for
all disabled people in the Greek state. It includes more than 250
organizations that deal with all kinds of disabilities. The N.C.D.P of
Greece has officially been recognized as the national co-partner of the
Greek State dealing with disability issues, promoting policies so that those
concerned are included socially, economically and politically in the
everyday life of the country. The N.C.D.P' s mission is to combat
discriminations against disabled people and protect their rights as well as
the rights of their families. Its goal is the equalization of opportunities
for the people with disabilities. At a national level, as the most
representative organization for people with disabilities, the N.C.D.P
participates actively in decision-making and stands for people with
disabilities in the NGO's dialogue with the Greek State. It is organizing
strategies, controlling the implementation of legal measures and makes
suggestions to the Greek State regarding education, employment, information
society and accessibility matters.

El. Venizelou 236
GR-16341 Ilioupoli
Athens Greece
Contact person: Anthi Hatjipetrou (esaea @ otenet.gr)

All of them have agreed to participate


FORTH-ICS has already contacted various organisations interested in
participating in the review process. Furthermore, FORTH-ICS as the National
Coordination Centre of GR-DeAN, will channel the validation process through
the GR-DeAN network, where all major organisations actively involved in this
field as well as individuals (e.g. people with disabilities, professionals)
will be invited to comment and contribute.

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