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Subject: Re: [office] Accessibility Sub Committee

Hi Michael,

Thanks for putting this together.  

I think with accessibility, and eventually with formula and other subcommittees, we may occasionally wish to hear from outside experts or invited guests who are not OASIS members.  I'd like to suggest a way we can do this within the OASIS policy framework.

Section 2.5 of the TC policy defines three levels of participation:  Observer, Member and Voting Member.  An Observer can attend TC meetings, but cannot speak at TC meetings (Section 1n).  However, Section 2.9 says that meetings are governed by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised.  According to Robert's Rules, we can, in any meeting, consider a "motion to suspend the rules", in this case the rules respecting Observers speaking at the meeting.  If we do this, in meetings where we know we have a guest speaker we wish to hear, we do it within a normal TC or subcommittee call.  


Michael Brauer <Michael.Brauer@Sun.COM>

11/16/2005 06:12 AM

OpenDocument <office@lists.oasis-open.org>
[office] Accessibility Sub Committee

Dear TC members,

one of the suggestions of the OpenDocument Summit in Amonk regarding the
OpenDocument TC is to create an accessibility sub committee. While there
are other suggestions that we may want to discuss in the TC, I propose
that we care about this suggestion first.

The formation of a subcommittee is described in section 2.14 of the
OASIS Technical Committee Process:

Below is a proposal for a charter for an Accessibility Sub Committee
(ASC). It to the best of my knowledge covers what has been discussed so
far regarding accessibility of the OpenDocument file format itself, and
what also is in the scope of our TC's charter.

What we may want to discuss in our con call on Monday is not only the
founding of an Accessibility Sub Committtee itself, but also who should
be involved in the ASC, and a schedule for the foundation of the sub
committee. We may also discuss whether it is required or reasonable to
have a con call with accessibility experts prior to the foundation of an
Accessibility Sub Committee.

Best regards


OpenDocument Accessibility Sub Committee (ASC) Draft Charter

Statement of purpose
1.To liaise with the disability community to gather accessibility
  related feedback on the OpenDocument v1.0 specification.
2.To gather accessibility related feedback from implementors of
  accessible applications that implement OpenDocucument v1.0.
3.To produce a formal accessibility evaluation of the OpenDocument v1.0
  file format.

1.A formal accessibility evaluation of the OpenDocument v1.0
2.A (possibly empty) list of accessibility information that is not
  defined in OpenDocument v1.0, and whose absence makes it impossible
  for applications to implement accessibility enhancements.

Scope of work
The subcommittee's work is to ensure that OpenDocument schema allows to
store the information that is required by applications aimed at allowing
people with disabilities to access properly the content of OpenDocument

Manner and schedule of work
The work of the subcommittee will be primarily through a mail list set
up by OASIS for subcommittee work. Access by the public will be through
an openly available mail list archive.

Conference calls will be scheduled on a regular basis as agreed by the
sub committee after its formation.

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