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Something to Say About Accessibility Standards?

From: Jeanne Spellman <jspellman@spellmanconsulting.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:41:50 -0500
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <ab7e20a3-3336-b11a-6d20-e0b418986b8f@spellmanconsulting.com>
*Call for Stakeholders for a major update of WCAG (Web Content 
Accessibility Guidelines)*

The W3C WCAG Working Group’s Silver Task Force invites submissions of 
names of people, groups, or organizations (including yourself) for 
consideration as stakeholders for a future guidelines version. You can 
submit as many names as you want. Please use the following form to 
submit names before 9 December 2016:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7jxkMzK4HbzK0cyyBnkv3cKFJL_ahIwIcbHao7qOZLyDy-w/viewform 
Shortened Link http://goo.gl/QeYbOl

Contact Silver TF publicly archived email list at public-silver@w3.org 
if you have a problem accessing the form.

*What is this all about?*
WCAG 2.0 has been very successful and has provided better access to the 
web for people with disabilities than was available in the past. At 
eight years old, WCAG 2.0 is ready for a major update. We know that 
involving more people, robust feedback, and a thoughtful process we can 
improve access for people with disabilities further and provide a clear 
and usable standard. We want to hear from a broad, international set of 
stakeholders, we want to hear from you!

The Silver Task Force plans develop a Stakeholder Map. The Stakeholders 
will be able to provide input into the research for designing Silver. 
Some opportunities for input will be short (like a survey or 
participation in a group discussion), others may be longer (like an 
interview or a request to log their use of WCAG), and it will be up to 
the stakeholders to determine how much time they are able to invest in 
the feedback opportunities.

*About the Silver Task Force*
The objective of the Silver Task Force is to perform preliminary 
development of a new version of Accessibility Guidelines. Code-named 
"Silver", these guidelines will address the process of making content 
and functionality accessible to people with disabilities, including the 
roles of content authoring, user agent support, and authoring tool 
support. These guidelines will provide a base for continued evolution of 
accessibility standards.

For more information about the Silver Task Force see 
https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/task-forces/silver/

*About the WCAG Working Group*
The mission of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group 
(WCAG WG) is to develop guidelines to make Web content accessible for 
people with disabilities and to develop and maintain implementation 
support materials for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

*About the Stakeholder Map*
Stakeholders are the people, groups, or organizations who have an 
interest or a concern about Silver; those affected by the change from 
WCAG to Silver; or those who are interested observers of accessibility 
standards. The Stakeholder Map is a process to clarify and categorize 
the various stakeholders, their relationships, and their interests in 
order to build a diverse and quality resource of input into the Silver 
project. We will use the Stakeholder Map to identify people to 
interview, survey, comment on prototypes, and generally advise the 
Silver design project. We expect the Stakeholder Map to include a large 
number of stakeholders from around the world.
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