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Indie UI: New Independent User Interface Working Group

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 18:06:55 -0500
Message-ID: <4FBC1C0F.3060506@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
  Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The W3C WAI today launched the new Independent User Interface (Indie UI) Working Group to develop a way for user actions to be communicated to web applications. This will make it easier for web applications to work with a wide range of devices, including assistive technologies (AT).

For example, if a user wants to scroll down a page, they might use their finger on a touch screen, or click a scroll bar with a mouse, or say "scroll down" with a voice command. Indie UI will define a way for those different interactions to be translated into a simple event - scroll down.

Indie UI will allow web application developers to get these events from different devices without having to recognize how the user performed the action. With IndieUI, AT will have a simple set of events to control web applications, and web application developers will have a uniform way to design applications that work for multiple devices and contexts.

To learn more about Indie UI, see:
* Indie UI Working Group page http://www.w3.org/WAI/IndieUI/
* Indie UI Charter http://www.w3.org/2012/05/indie-ui-charter

We invite user agent developers, web application developers, and others interested in this work to participate. For options ranging from joining the Working Group to following the e-mail list, see:
* Participating in the Indie UI Working Group http://www.w3.org/WAI/IndieUI/participation

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.
Short URI to this message: http://bit.ly/IndieUI

Shawn Lawton Henry, WAI Outreach
Janina Sajka, IndieUI Chair
Michael Cooper, W3C Staff Contact

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
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