[Irl-dean] WCAG 2.0 review deadline extended to 22 June

Mark Magennis Mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Wed May 31 12:35:41 IST 2006

See below.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Francisco Godinho" <godinho at utad.pt>
> Date: 31 May 2006 11:39:48 IST
> To: "i2010-inclusion" <i2010-inclusion at yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [i2010-inclusion] Extending Deadline on WCAG 2.0 Last Call  
> Review (22 June 2006 instead of 31 May 2006)
> Letter:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2006AprJun/0083.html
> Dear WAI Interest Group Participants:
> Please note that the deadline for comments on WCAG 2.0 has been  
> extended by
> three weeks. The new deadline is now Thursday 22 June 2006 instead  
> of 31
> May 2006, to allow more time due to the wider attention that this  
> Last Call
> Working Draft is receiving. We thank early commenters for the numerous
> constructive comments that the Working Group has already received; the
> Working Group is already working on your comments. Please also note  
> the
> following clarifications with regard to the review process.
> 1. The deadline for comments on the Last Call Working Draft only  
> applies to
> the Guidelines document itself. The supporting documents  
> ("Understanding
> WCAG 2.0" and "Techniques for WCAG 2.0") do not have a deadline for
> comments, though you may find them helpful in understanding or  
> implementing
> the provisions in the guidelines. We welcome comments on the  
> supporting
> documents in addition to comments on the guidelines, but we  
> encourage you
> to focus your attention on the relatively short guidelines document  
> itself
> during the review period.
> 2. While the Working Group has provided a form for comment  
> submissions, you
> may also email comments directly to the comments list without the  
> form.
> Some commenters have already done this; we've now made this more  
> obvious in
> the commenting instructions [1]. However, if you do use the  
> comments form,
> it will give the Working Group consistent and specific information  
> that can
> help them better understand and address the issues that you raise.
> 3. Under W3C Process, a "Last Call Working Draft" is not the last step
> before the document is finished; neither is it the beginning of the  
> review
> process. This Last Call Working Draft follows a series of Public  
> Working
> Drafts that have been previously circulated for comment, and the  
> Working
> Group has already incorporated extensive contributions from those  
> reviews.
> Last Call Working Draft is one of the most important stages at  
> which to
> comment; however it is followed by another stage, Candidate  
> Recommendation,
> where reviewers can submit comments based on implementations of  
> WCAG 2.0;
> then by Proposed Recommendation, when W3C Members review it for  
> approval as
> a Recommendation. Please see the original call for review further  
> down in
> this message, and the commenting instructions [1], which provide more
> information on these stages.
> Review comments are extremely valuable to W3C/WAI. One of the  
> strengths of
> W3C/WAI's process is that it encourages broad public review and
> participation from many different perspectives. We have received
> contributions throughout the course of developing WCAG 2.0 from  
> individuals
> and organizations around the world, including disability  
> organizations,
> industry, Web developers research, education, government, and other  
> areas,
> as well as contributions throughout the process from the diverse  
> membership
> of the WCAG Working Group itself.
> If you haven't yet, I encourage you to read the guidelines while  
> they are
> in Last Call Working Draft; evaluate them against your own needs and
> expectations; then share with the Working Group your comments on  
> what you
> think needs to change in the document. As with any W3C group during  
> Last
> Call, the WCAG Working Group will review and respond to all comments
> received on the Last Call Working Draft. Your comments help us to  
> create
> the best and most usable document that we can.
> Thank you in advance for your comments.
> Regards,
> - Judy
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Dr. Mark Magennis
Director of the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)
National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Whitworth Road, Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland

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