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Re: WAI to Advise on 508 Standards Update

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 12:44:38 -0400
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To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "Charles McCathieNevile" <chaals@opera.com>
Cc: "Shawn Henry" <shawn@w3.org>

>What is the process WAI uses to develop its advice, and will it be made
>public or is this some confidential process?

As with our other standards liaision activities, W3C/WAI will primarily be 
advising the 508/255 Refresh Committee on technical aspects of Web 
accessibility -- including the three WAI guidelines and accessibility 
aspects of Web technologies in general -- as well as on standards 
harmonization issues related to Web accessibility. This information comes 
largely from W3C/WAI technical reports and working group documents.

I don't expect that WAI will be making specific requests for feedback 
during our participation in the committee process, but welcome people's 
perspectives if they have concerns or comments.

Links to more info are available at http://www.w3.org/WAI/#highlights , 
including links to the US Access Board. I believe that the Access Board 
usually ensures some transparency to the process, either by mailing list 
and/or periodic summaries of progress, so that people can follow the 
process and comment directly if they wish. I don't yet see that information 
posted on their site but expect that it may be available after their first 
meeting in September.


- Judy

At 09:44 PM 7/20/2006 +0200, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

>On Thu, 20 Jul 2006 20:57:29 +0200, Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org> wrote:
>>W3C WAI has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the revision of
>>U.S. Section 255 guidelines and Section 508 standards, which include Web
>>accessibility. WAI looks forward to continuing to coordinate with
>>organizations around the world to develop harmonized standards for Web
>>accessibility. Additional information is available in the U.S. Access
>>Board article: Board Names Advisory Committee for 508 Standards Update.
>Hi Shawn,
>What is the process WAI uses to develop its advice, and will it be made
>public or is this some confidential process?
>   Charles McCathieNevile, Opera Software: Standards Group
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Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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