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Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Hosts: W3C, YRIF, and The White House
Launch Date: April 6, 1997, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (PST)
Location: Santa Clara Marriott, Santa Clara, CA, USA.
From Mike Paciello, Executive Director of the Yuri Rubinsky Insight Foundation, comes word that on April 6th, in Santa Clara, CA, the Foundation, along with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and representatives from the White House, will launch the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
While the World Wide Web is fast becoming the world's de facto on-line library, the technology of the Web has inadvertently created barriers for people with disabilities. Through the WAI, the W3C and the YRIF intend to take a leadership role in removing these accessibility barriers. The WAI will focus on developing enhanced standards (especially HTML, CSS, SGML, and XML), tool development, publishing guidelines, educational outreach and sponsoring research projects.
The World Wide Web is fast becoming the de facto repository of preference for on-line information, yet the technology of the Web has inadvertently created barriers for people with disabilities. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), housed at three internationally recognized research facilities, coordinates the evolution of the Web and has a mission to "realize the full potential of the Web." W3C intends to take a leadership role in removing these accessibility barriers through a key program called the, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). To that effect, W3C proposes the creation of a WAI International Program Office (IPO) for coordinating five Web-related activities:
W3C proposes to combine its own membership funds with those of foundations, industrial sponsors, the U.S. government, the Canadian government, and the European Commission to fund the WAI.
For more information about this event, contact Mike Paciello .