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From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 17:18:50 -0400
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To: "WAI EO WG" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

I found this in my old WAI messages -- lest we forget.
Best Regards/Harvey Bingham

>Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 17:02:14 +0100 (MET)
>From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, Mike Paciello <paciello@yuri.org>
>Subject: WAI Launch Meeting
>This message to invite you to participate in the launching meeting of
>a new W3C Project entitled the "Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)"
>Date: Sunday April 6th (right before WWW6th conference in Santa Clara)
>Location: Santa Clara (Marriott near the WWW6th conference facilities)
>Usually, we would only invite W3C members to this kind of meeting but
>given the scope of this new project, we want to make sure disability
>experts worldwide are represented. There is no cost to attend.
>Please find enclosed:
>        - a short introduction to the meeting (including the pointer to
>          the complete briefing package proposal)
>        - a draft agenda for the meeting
>Daniel Dardailler - W3C
>Mike Paciello - YRIF
>Dear Netizen,
>As part of its commitment to realize the full potential of the Web,
>the World Wide Web Consortium has worked since its creation to ensure
>that the Web was easily used by people with disabilities.  Our work in
>this area, however, has been limited because of staff resource
>constraints.  Our involvement has been largely limited to hosting a
>catalytic nucleus on the Web Accessibility page (see
>After six months of preliminary work by the W3C staff and the help of
>a number of people from both member companies and organizations
>representing or working for people with disabilities, W3C is calling
>for participation in a new activity.  As required by the W3C Process,
>the staff has prepared a briefing package entitled "Web Accessibility
>Initiative (WAI)" (see http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/Disabilities/access-brief).
>Please read this briefing package and before 27 March, 1997 send your
>answer (using following form) to wai-registration@w3.org.
>     First Name:
>     Last Name:
>     Email Address:
>     Employer:
>     Choose one of the following by marking with an X:
>         [ ] I will participate in the WAI launch meeting
>         [ ] I will not participate in the WAI launch meeting
>             (feel free to explain why)
>     Because this is a project concerning accessibility, we want to
>     ensure that the needs of those with disabilities are met. We
>     kindly request that in your response you indicate your
>     requirements, such as Braille handouts or deaf
>     interpreters. Please be specific as possible regarding your
>     requirements.
>Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Contacts:
>        Daniel Dardailler, Mike Paciello, Jim Miller
>Date:  Sunday, April 6, 1997
>Attendance:  Members + Experts Invited list
>Location: Marriott Hotel, Santa Clara, CA
>Intention/Goal: The intention of this meeting is to launch the W3C Web
>Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Project and International Program
>Office (IPO).  The goal is also get feedback and validate our working
>model (IPO, Interest group, 3 W3C working groups, 5 activity areas,
>08:30 - 09:00   Arrival - Continental Breakfast
>09:00 - 09:15   Introduction: Jean Francois Abramatic, Chairman, W3C
>09:15 - 09:30   Keynote Presentation:
>         Tom Kalil, Senior Director National Economic Council, White House
>09:45 - 10:00   Project/International Program Office (IPO)
>         Jim Miller, Meeting Chair, W3C T&S Domain Leader
>10:00 - 10:15   Gary Strong, National Science Foundation (NSF)
>10:15 - 10:45   Break/Chat
>11:00 - 12:30   Presentations by:
>         Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director (via video)
>         Peter Bosher, Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), UK
>         Gregg Vanderheiden, Trace Research, US
>         Michael Sfyrakis, ICS-FORTH, Greece
>         Murray Maloney, SoftQuad, Canada
>         Mike Paciello, Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation (YRIF), US
>12:30 - 01:30   Lunch
>01:30 - 01:45   Disability Funders Group
>01:45 - 02:15   Presentations by:
>         Earl Johnson, Sun Microsystems, US
>         T.V Raman, Adobe, US
>02:15 - 03:00   Panel for Q&A
>         Jean-Francois Abramatic, W3C Chairman
>         Daniel Dardailler, W3C Europe
>         Carl Cargill, Netscape Communications, US
>         Larry Goldberg, WGBH, US
>         Scott Isaacs, Microsoft Corporation, US
>         Murray Maloney, SoftQuad, Canada
>         Mike Paciello, Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation (YRIF), US
>         Tom Kalil, Senior Director National Economic Council, White House
>03:00 - 04:30   Breakouts: Technology, Guidelines, and Education
>         Each breakout will concentrate on 3 topics:
>         1. Technology:  HTML, CSS extensions, HTTP negotiation,
>                 certification tools, and use of PICS.
>         2. Guidelines: Existing guidelines for HTML authoring as well as
>                 the different levels of accessibility depending on the point
>                 of view.  In addition, some of the style guide/usability
>                 guidelines will be addressed.
>         3. Education: Focus on what audience(s) we want to address,
>                 how to proceed, etc.
>04:30 - 05:00   Plenary report (3 for 10 minutes each)
>05:00 - 05:30   Charles Goldfarb, Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation, (YRIF)
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