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Re: WAI mandate to work with other WGs?

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 00:49:53 -0400
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To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Al Gilman <alfred.s.gilman@ieee.org>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>


Here is additional information on your question about what role WAI has in 
working with other W3C Working Groups to ensure the accessibility of W3C 
specifications currently under development.

WAI's Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) has, as part of its 
mission, reviewing specifications under development in other W3C Working 
Groups in to ensure consideration of accessibility-related needs.
PFWG's home page is at
Its charter, describing its scope of work is available
and there is a page describing participation

For the purpose you describe, participation on the wai-xtech list (see the 
PFWG participation page above) would be a good place to discuss 
accessibility issues that you are tracking in the HTML Working Group. 
Because of the volume of work that PFWG needs to monitor, it is helpful to 
have people on wai-xtech monitoring the HTML WG traffic, and catching 
issues that need discussion.

In addition, the HTML WG has requirements in their charter to work with 
WAI, and
PFWG in particular:

I've copying Al Gilman, Chair of PFWG; and Michael Cooper, Staff Contact 
for PFWG; so that you can also be in touch with them as needed.


- Judy

At 02:06 PM 5/13/2007 +0100, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

>Could I just check (I seem to remember reading something long these lines 
>somewhere, but can't find it now): does WAI have a mandate to work with 
>other WGs to ensure the accessibility of any specs currently being developed?
>I ask mainly because of growing concerns in some accessibility quarters 
>about some of the seemingly arbitrary changes and additions being made to 
>HTML5, and wondering if WAI's mandate demands that they work with the HTML 
>WG or not (or vice-versa, if WGs are required to work with WAI)
>Or am I just remembering things wrong?
>Patrick H. Lauke
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Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
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