ISO/IEC JTC 1 Special Working Group on Accessibility (SWG-A)

 

JTC 1 SWG-A N 006

2005-05-09

 

Document Type: Meeting Report
Title: Report of the 11-12 April 2005 JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility Meeting - Sheffield, UK
Source: Secretariat

 

 

 

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Meeting Report
JTC 1 Special Working Group on Accessibility
11-12 April 2005 - Sheffield, UK

 

  1.  Opening of the Meeting
Ms. Higginbottom, Convener of the JTC 1 Special Working Group on Accessibility (SWG-A), called the first meeting to order on 11 April 2005 and thanked the meeting sponsors: British Standards Institute (BSI), Sheffield Hallam University and Ufi learndirect.  
  1. Introduction of Participants
The list of participants is available in Attachment A.
  1. Adoption of Agenda
The agenda (JTC 1 N 7764) was approved with the following revisions:
  1. Convener's Remarks
Ms. Higginbottom thanked the meeting sponsors and the many organizations participating at the first meeting of the SWG-A.

4.1    Appointment of Drafting Committee
The following participants served on the drafting committee:
  1. Review of Terms of Reference
There were no contributions proposing changes to the SWG's terms of reference (JTC 1 N 7688).

(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 1 - Attachment B)
  1. SWG Objectives
6.1    SWG Objective 1:  Methodology for Gathering User Requirements
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 2 - Attachment B)
6.2    SWG Objective 3:   Inventory of All Known Accessibility Standards Efforts
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 3 - Attachment B)
6.3    SWG Objective 4:  Areas/Technologies Where Voluntary Standards Are Not Being Addressed
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 3 - Attachment B)
6.4    SWG Objective 5:  Public Laws, Policies/Measures and Guidelines for Accessibility
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 5 - Attachment B)
6.5    SWG Objective 6:  Promotion of the Use of Globally Relevant Voluntary Standards
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 6 - Attachment B)
6.6    SWG Objective 7:  Formal Standardization Path for Consortia/Fora Efforts
The posted contributions were reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 7 - Attachment B)
6.7    SWG Objective 2:  Path Forward - Progressing the Work
The posted contribution was reviewed:
(see SWG-A Sheffield Resolutions 4A and 4B - Attachment B)
  1. Approval of Recommendations to JTC 1
The approved resolutions are available in Attachment B.
  1. Next Meeting
The first meetings of the SWG-A Task Groups (Task Group 1:  User Requirements and Task Group 2:  Accessibility Standards Inventory and Gap Analysis) were scheduled for the week of 18 July 2005 in North America.  

The SWG-A and its two Task Groups will meet the week of 12 September 2005 in Japan.
  1. Close of the Meeting
The first meeting of the JTC 1 Special Working Group on Accessibility was adjourned on 12 April 2005.


Attachment A

Attendance Roster
11-12 April 2005 JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility Meeting
Sheffield, UK

Organization
Representative(s)
Australia Liddy Nevile
Canada Jutta Treviranus
France Joseé Auber
Germany Klaus-Peter Wegge
Markus Dubielzig
Italy
Mario Savastano 
Japan
Shigetoyo Normura
The Netherlands
Jan Rietveld
Norway
Erlend Overby
UK
Mike Collett
John Gill
Kate Grant
Andy Heath
Richard Hodgkinson
David Keech
Dave Sawdon
US
Donald Deutsch
Robert Haverty
Alex Li
David Michael
Connie Myers
Kenneth Salaets
Andrea Snow-Weaver
Michael Takemura
Gregg Vanderheiden
JTC 1/SC 7
Richard Hodgkinson
JTC 1/SC 28
Ryouji Watanabe
JTC 1/SC 35
Yves Neuville
Gottfried Zimmermann
JTC 1/SC 36
Erlend Overby
Andy Heath
Jutta Treviranus
Liddy Nevile
JTC 1/SC 37
Mario Savastano 
ISO/TC 159
Susan Harker
CEN/TC 224/WG 6
Adam Balfour
ITU-T/SC 16
Bill Pechey
Andrea Saks
ANEC
Gill Whitney
CEN/ISSS
Luc Van den Berghe
DATSCG
Gill Whitney
ETSI HF
Stephen Furner
EUAIN
George Ioannidis
Free Standards Group
Janina Sajka
ITI
James Thurston
W3C/WAI
Judy Brewer
Shadi Abou-Zahra
Ufi leardirect (sponsor)
John Bell
John Lawton
ITTF
Keith Brannon
JTC 1 Chairman
Scott Jameson
JTC 1 Secretariat
Lisa Rajchel
JTC 1 SWG-A Convener
Karen Higginbottom
JTC 1 SWG-A Secretariat
Jennifer Garner
Pat Morris



Attachment B

JTC 1 SWG-A N 005


Resolutions - 11-12 April 2005 JTC 1 Special Work on Accessibility Meeting
Sheffield, UK




SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 1:  JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility Terms of Reference

The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility confirms its Terms of Reference as contained in JTC 1 N 7688.

Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 2:  Establishment of a Task Group on User Requirements (SWG Objective 1)

In order to implement the gathering of user requirements, as per SWG Objective 1, and being mindful of the varied and unique opportunities, the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility establishes a Task Group on User Requirements with the following Terms of Reference:
Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 3:  Establishment of a Task Group on Accessibility Standards Inventory and Gap Analysis (SWG Objectives 3 and 4)

In order to implement the gathering and publication of an inventory of all known accessibility standards efforts, as per SWG Objective 3, and to identify areas/technologies where standards are not being addressed, as per SWG Objective 4, the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility establishes a Task Group on Accessibility Standards Inventory and Gap Analysis with the following Terms of Reference:
Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 4A:  Accessible and Publicly Available Documents

The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility resolves that its documents will be accessible and publicly available.  It is the author’s responsibility to provide contributions and documents in accessible formats. 

Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 4B:  Accessible Meetings

The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility resolves that its meetings will be accessible. It is the host’s responsibility to ensure meetings are accessible to those who register and attend. 

Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 5:  Public Laws, Policies/Measures and Guidelines for Accessibility (SWG Objective 5)

In response to SWG Objective 5, JTC 1 National Bodies are asked to provide information on public laws, policies/measures and guidelines for accessibility.  The responses will be compiled for consideration by the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility.

Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 6:  Promotion of the Use of Globally Relevant Voluntary Standards (SWG Objective 6)

In response to SWG Objective 6, the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility will make use of all existing JTC 1 dissemination mechanisms, including websites, National Bodies, etc. to make its materials widely available in accessible formats.

The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility will consider the appropriateness of and methods for encouraging standards development organizations, including JTC 1, to make their accessibility specifications publicly available at no cost.

Unanimous


SWG-A Sheffield Resolution 7:  Formal Standardization Path for Consortia/Fora Efforts  (SWG Objective 7)

Noting SWG Objective 7, the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility, committed to the value of an open and transparent standards development process, will work with such consortia and fora where appropriate and if desired to identify opportunities for them to submit their accessibility specifications to JTC 1 through:
  1. Traditional standards development process, e.g., New Work Item Proposals, CDs, WDs, FDISs
  2. The Publicly Available Specification (PAS) transposition process
  3. The Fast Track Process - The SWG encourages National Bodies to actively seek additional input from the user community on fast tracked accessibility standards.
Unanimous


Appreciation Resolutions

A. The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility expresses its appreciation to Mr. David Keech, British Standards Institution, and Mr. John Lawton, Head of Equality and Diversity at Ufi learndirect, for their welcoming remarks and expressions of support for the work of the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility.

Acclamation


B. The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility expresses its appreciation to the National Body of the United Kingdom for arranging and hosting this meeting in the excellent Sheffield Hallam University facilities and thanks Ufi learndirect for providing the meeting room and the wonderful and most appreciated morning and afternoon breaks and lunches. In particular, the JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility expresses its special thanks to Mr. Andy Heath, Mr. Matthew Love, Mr. Paul Manning, Mr. James Coxhead and the entire Sheffield Hallam University team for their excellent preparation and hard work before the meeting and their outstanding and flexible support during the meeting.

Acclamation


C. The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility expresses its appreciation to the drafting committee members:  Ms. Josée Auber (France), Ms. Jennifer Garner (SWG-A Secretariat), Mr. Dave Michael (US), Mr. Patrick Morris (SWG-A Secretariat), Mr. Erlend Overby (Norway), Ms. Gill Whitney (ANEC and DATSCG) and Mr. Gottfried Zimmermann (JTC 1/SC 35).

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D. The JTC 1 SWG on Accessibility expresses its appreciation to its Convener (Ms. Karen Higginbottom) and Secretariat (Ms. Jennifer Garner and Mr. Patrick Morris) for their leadership of this activity.  Additionally, the SWG expresses its appreciation to the JTC 1 Chairman (Mr. Scott Jameson) and Secretariat (Ms. Lisa Rajchel) for their excellent guidance at this formation meeting.

Acclamation