[Accessibility] Draft Minutes from Wednesday, 19 February
janina at afb.net
Thu Feb 20 17:31:08 PST 2003
A draft of minutes from our meeting yesterday, 19 February, are
attached. Please advise regarding any corrections or additions.
Thanks, Doug, for preparing these.
Janina Sajka, Director
Technology Research and Development
Governmental Relations Group
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Email: janina at afb.net Phone: (202) 408-8175
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The 02/19/03 Accessibility Workgroup meeting took place, via phone conference,
Wednesday, February 19 19:00 GMT
-- 20:00 CET (Berlin)
-- 19:00 WET (London)
-- 14:00 EST (New York)
-- 13:00 CST (Chicago)
-- 12:00 MST (Salt Lake City)
-- 11:00 PST (San Francisco)
-- 04:00 JST (Tokyo) (02/20/03)
Duration: We started the meeting a little late and ended just over one hour
Participants on the call
Bill Haneman..........GNOME Accessibility project and SUN
Janina Sajka..........American Foundation for the Blind
JP Schnapper-Casteras.UW Trace Center and KDE Accessibility Team (temp.)
Sharon Snider.........IBM Linux Accessibility - Linux Technology Services
Jonathan Blandford....Red Hat and GNOME Foundation
Neil Scott (Advisor)..Chief Engineer of the Archimedes Project, Stanford
Center for the Study of Language and Information
Mario Lang ...........Debian representative
Doug Beattie..........Free Standards Group
TV Raman..............IBM - Code Author of Emacspeak
On a plane
John Goldthwaite......Research Scientist II, GA Tech
Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access
Mario Lang of Debian joined us.
2. Review of corrected minutes from last weeks meeting
3. Group status
This group is currently functioning under an "Acting Accessbility
Janina is now the "Acting Chair Person" for the group.
4. Mail List(s) and Web Site
accessibility at freestandards.org
The site is up. Please use it.
5. The group's goal(s)/mission statement
Active discussion was held on the wording, base on the LSB mission
statement. We should keep it to a couple of sentences. Let's go
off and work this through the list, by next meeting.
We can also work on a laundry list of goals.
6. Issues for the group to work
Janina asked that we state our names before speaking.
Discussion was held on how we approach the issues. Do we work down
the current list and address low hanging fruit or do we decide to
work certain areas (ie low vision vs blind vs deaf) for a specific
Concerns were brought up about dealing with application certification.
It would be more logical to address the runtime (assistive technology)
These items will also be taken to the list for further discussion.
7. More information on the Face to Face Meeting
In conjunction with CSUN 2003 and the 3rd Linux Accessibility
Thursday March 20 and Friday, March 21
La Jolla room, LAX Marriott
Mario will look into the possibility of attending. Time and funding
is an issue.
Neil will be out of the country and not attending.
Jonathan is still looking into this. He is wondering about how
he can justify attendance.
Janina said this is the Grand Daddy of Accessibility conferences
held yearly at the same time and place. See catalogue of exhibitors
to get a feel of what you can obtain by attendance at
We will most likely have teleconference facility available.
We should try to lock down specific times for next year early so
we can drive our work ahead more.
We will try to have a 9:00-11:00 Friday meeting specific to this group.
8. Any Other Business
The group asked what documents people may have reviewed. We also talked
about the rules around referencing others documents. We need to verify
licensing as well.
For issues that are out of scope for this group, we could have our
members work the other groups to offer recommendations that we believe
9. Next Meeting
Janina has a problem with this time for the next two weeks as does JP.
JP and Neil do not have a problem meeting a little earlier.
It was proposed and agreed that we will meet at 09:00 EST next week.
A formal announcement and agenda will be sent out to the list, with
all times and a dial in number shown when Janina pulls the agenda
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