As work on the accessibility metadata vocabulary finalizes and our submission to schema.org receives more attention, notable individuals, companies and standards groups are expressing their support. This paper letter from the chair of the technical committee for Information technology for learning, education and training at ISO/IEC was sent to one of our working group members, Jutta Treviranus to forward to the appropriate W3C mailing list. This blog gives a place for this information to be held and to be referenced in the email to the public vocabs list on behalf of Mr. Øverby. The letter follows.
Dear W3C members,
As Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36 I wish to express my strong support for the proposal to include accessibility metadata based on the AccessForAll or ISO/IEC 24751 standard within schema.org. This highly successful multi-part standard is currently undergoing its first revision. The metadata expressed in the standard fills a critical gap for resource discovery and identification by anyone requiring alternative access systems or alternative resource presentations. The fact that the proposal is based on an established international standard supports interoperability and avoids fragmentation. We look forward to working with W3C to ensure that the proposal is successful and that the proposed additions meet their important goal.
Chair ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36
The scanned copy of this letter, as we received it, is available in PDF format.
The ISO/IEC 24751 standard can be found at the Fluid project website.
This letter can be seen in the W3C public vocabs list as well.