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Use W3C Usability Interest Group Proposed Charter

W3C User Interest Group (Draft) Charter (UIG)

This charter is written in accordance with section 3.2.3 of the W3C Process document.

  1. Mission
  2. Scope
  3. Deliverables
  4. Dependencies
  5. Duration
  6. Success
  7. Communication
  8. Confidentiality
  9. Voting
  10. Participation

Information on how to join the UIG will be available.

1. Mission

The mission of the User Interest Group (UIG) is to provide a forum for review of deliverables under development by other W3C groups; for exploration of barriers to, and potential solutions for problems of, usability of the Web; and for exchanging information about Web-usability related activities around the world.

2. Scope

The UIG's scope of work includes:

3. Deliverables

As an Interest Group, the UIG is not primarily focused on production of deliverables. However, it plays a critical role in:

Review of deliverables

The UIG conducts reviews of draft deliverables from W3C working groups. These reviews help ensure consideration of the perspectives of users of W3C technology, whether they be authors, end users, or any other person using the technologies.

Review periods are usually one to two weeks, with advance notice of upcoming reviews where possible so that interested individuals can review background materials and set aside time. Chairs or staff contacts of working groups whose deliverables are reviewed by the UIG should send a summary to UIG of comments received and changes made as a result of the review, or send a link to such a summary or list of resolved issues.

Raising of issues

The UIG's on-going discussion of technical and implementation issues related to Web Usability helps identify issues for other working groups. In addition, working groups may occasionally refer discussion on key questions to the UIG for additional comment and reflection as needed.

4. Dependencies

The UIG provides review and comment on draft deliverables from any relevant working group within the W3C. However, there is a strong relationship between Usability and Accessibility that indicates the need for coordination with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups within W3C.

The Chair of the UIG sits on the Hypertext Coordination Group (Member-only) which is the coordination group within the User Interface Domain.

5. Duration

The UIG is initially chartered for 24 months, with the intent to re-charter for another 24 months as appropriate.

6. Success

Criteria for UIG success include:

7. Communication

The primary forum for UIG discussion is the UIG mailing list.

7.1 Communication within the group

7.2 Communication with W3C

7.3 Communication with the public

8. Confidentiality

The UIG home page, mailing list, and charter are all public.

9. Voting

Voting: Since UIG deliverables are input and review, there is no specific UIG voting mechanism.

Referral: Working groups may refer unresolvable issues to the UIG for discussion and debate. If a matter remains unresolved after UIG comment, it is referred to the UI Domain Leader and finally to the W3C Director as needed.

10. Participation

10.1 W3C Member and invited expert participation

The UIG welcomes participation from representatives of W3C Member organizations, and from invited experts from usability-related organizations, usability research projects, government organizations, and all others interested in promoting usability of the Web.

There are no minimum requirements for participation in this Interest Group; however, UIG members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of frequent opportunities to review and comment on draft deliverables under preparation by working groups. The UIG mailing list is self-subscribing.

10.1 W3C Team resources

10.3 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The purpose of the UIG is to produce public documents available royalty-free to everyone, following W3C standard IPR terms. Therefore, anyone commenting in the UIG will be considered to offer these ideas as contributions to W3C documents. Organizations with IPR in areas related to work under discussion in the UIG must disclose IPR as described in the W3C Process regarding IPR and W3C's IPR fact sheet. Invited experts are required to disclose IPR claims in the same manner as individuals from W3C Member organizations.

10.4 How to join

Information about how to join the UIG (will be) available.


Last updated by Steven Pemberton, 24 April 2001

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