[Fwd: Request to advance UAAG 1.0 to Candidate Recommendation status]

Dear UAWG,

Congratulations! I have published the 31 August version of 
UAAG 1.0 [1] and requested that the Director advance it to
Candidate Recommendation. Below is a copy of the email message
I sent to him and the chairs mailing list.

The expectation is that the Director will make a decision
in about a week whether to advance, and if the decision is
yes, the document will be published as a Candidate Recommendation
shortly thereafter. We also plan to have a press release should
the decision be yes.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in keeping
this document moving forward!

 _ Ian

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-UAAG10-20010831/

> This is a request from the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines
> Working Group (UAWG) to advance "User Accessibility Accessibility
> Guidelines (UAAG) 1.0" to Candidate Recommendation. The document
> is available at:
>    http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-UAAG10-20010831/
> We request that the Candidate Recommendation be published on 12
> September 2001. We estimate a CR duration of approximately three
> months, ending tentatively on 12 December 2001.
> This email includes the following:
>  * Decision to request CR status
>  * Disposition of last call comments and objections
>  * Preliminary implementation report
>  * Support materials
>  * Document abstract and status section
> More information about the UAWG is available from their home page:
>    http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/
> Thank you,
>  - Ian Jacobs, Team Contact for the UAWG
> -----------------------------
> Decision to request CR status
> -----------------------------
> At their 30 August teleconference [1], the UAWG resolved to
> request that the Director advance UAAG 1.0 to Candidate
> Recommendation.
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/2001JulSep/0220
> ------------------------------------------------
> Disposition of last call comments and objections
> ------------------------------------------------
> The UAWG has addressed all comments raised during the
> third last call. A snapshot of the issues list is
> available at:
>   http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2001/08/issues-20010830
> Dispositions of last call comments are available at:
>   http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2001/08/lc3-dispo
> That page includes links to the UAWG's response to each
> reviewer's issues, and acknowledgments from each reviewer.
> Three objections are also listed there:
>   http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2001/08/lc3-dispo#objections
> ---------------------------------
> Preliminary implementation report
> ---------------------------------
> A preliminary implementation report is available at:
>   http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/implementation/report-cr2
> The report approximates (with limited data) that of the ninety
> checkpoints:
>   - 69% have been completely implemented by
>     some piece of software.
>   - 18% have partial or better implementation.
> The UAWG expects to modify this report in place during and after
> CR, as more products are evaluated and reviewed.
> ---------------------------------
> Implementation expectations
> ---------------------------------
> Section 5.2.4 of the 19 July version of the W3C Process Document
> [2] states that before advancing a technical report to Proposed
> Recommendation, the Director must be satisfied that (among other
> things):
>   "...each feature of the technical report has been
>   implemented. Preferably, the Working Group should be able to
>   demonstrate two interoperable implementations of each feature."
> The UAWG intends to demonstrate for every requirement that at
> least one piece of software satisfies the requirement. The UAWG
> does not expect that a single piece of software will implement
> all UAAG 1.0 requirements. In practice, users will require a
> number of different components to work together to provide
> adequate accessibility. For example, for access to rich
> multimedia content, a user may dispose of a browser, a multimedia
> player, documentation on the Web, operating system features,
> plug-ins, assistive technologies, and other components. The UAAG
> 1.0 conformance model has been designed to allow (and expect)
> conformance by sofware used in tandem.
> Please note that UAAG 1.0 is not format-specified (e.g., it
> applies to HTML, SMIL, SVG, etc.). To satisfy CR requirements,
> the UAWG intends to show that each checkpoint has been
> implemented for at least one (relevant) W3C format.
> The UAWG will be meeting with developers throughout the CR period
> to discuss implementation strategies, starting with the UAWG's
> next face-to-face meeting, in September 2001.
> [2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process-20010719/tr.html#RecsPR
> ---------------------------------
> Support materials
> ---------------------------------
> The UAWG also publishes a supporting document entitled
> "Techniques for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0",
> available at:
>    http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-UAAG10-TECHS-20010831/
> This document provides techniques for satisfying the checkpoints
> defined in "User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"
> [UAAG10]. These techniques address key aspects of the
> accessibility of user interfaces, content rendering, application
> programming interfaces (APIs), and languages such as the
> Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
> and the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language.
> It is expected that should UAAG 1.0 advance to Recommendation,
> the techniques document will be published as a W3C Note.
> ---------------------------------
> Abstract
> ---------------------------------
>  This document provides guidelines for designing user agents that
>  lower barriers to Web accessibility for people with disabilities
>  (visual, hearing, physical, and cognitive). User agents include
>  HTML browsers and other types of software that retrieve and
>  render Web content. A user agent that conforms to these
>  guidelines will promote accessibility through its own user
>  interface and through other internal facilities, including its
>  ability to communicate with other technologies (especially
>  assistive technologies).  Furthermore, all users, not just users
>  with disabilities, are expected to find conforming user agents
>  to be more usable.
>  In addition to helping developers of HTML browsers, media
>  players, etc., this document will also benefit developers of
>  assistive technologies because it explains what types of
>  information and control an assistive technology may expect from
>  a conforming user agent. Technologies not addressed directly by
>  this document (e.g., technologies for braille rendering) will be
>  essential to ensuring Web access for some users with
>  disabilities.
> ---------------------------------
> Status excerpt
> ---------------------------------
>  With the publication of this document, the User Agent
>  Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) requests that the
>  W3C Director advance "User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0" to
>  Candidate Recommendation status (described in section 5.2.3 of
>  the Process Document). The UAWG resolved to request to advance to
>  Candidate Recommendation at its 30 August 2001 teleconference.
>  This document incorporates resolutions of the User Agent
>  Accessibility Guidelines Working Group to all issues raised
>  during the third last call review of the 9 April 2001 version. A
>  snapshot of the third last call issues list is available, as is
>  the disposition of comments.
>  A list of changes to this document is available.
>  Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the
>  W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated,
>  replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is
>  inappropriate to cite W3C Working Drafts as other than "work in
>  progress."
>  Please send comments about this document to the public mailing
>  list w3c-wai-ua@w3.org; public archives are available.
>  This document is part of a series of accessibility documents
>  published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World
>  Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WAI Accessibility Guidelines are
>  produced as part of the WAI Technical Activity. The goals of the
>  User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group are described
>  in the charter.

Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
Tel:                     +1 718 260-9447

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