I am sorry (and glad) that this list does not interrupt you too often!
I hope you have been following the development of the user profile that
we worked on last year with W3C, IMS, INCITS, CEN-ISSS and others. That
profile describes the needs of users, without reference to their
disabilities, so it is generic for all people and all devices, and now
we are finishing work on the metadata that will be necessary on
resources for systems to match resources to users' needs.
There was a public workshop held in Brussels recently. At this meeting,
people from many European countries and the US, Canada and Australia
all got together to think about what DC metadata can do to help with
accessibility. There will be a report from that workshop available
soon. One feature was the adoption of the expression 'mis-match between
user needs and resources' to describe lack of accessibility ...
encouraging everyone to think more widely about accessibility problems.
If you are not familiar with the user profile (ACCLIP), please take a
look at it and associated documents:
Although the profiles etc appear on the IMS site, they have been
developed in collaboration with the DC-Accessibility Working Group, so
they will soon be the subject of recommendations to the DC Usage Board
for adoption by DC users.
The draft resource description recommendations will be released
publicly for comment in the next few weeks. During that public comment
time, it would be particularly helpful if you could look at the two
profiles and see if they achieve what is going to be of use to you, or
if there are things you'd like to change. This might mean getting up to
speed on the documents and what you need in you context, so I am
writing to ask you to be aware and ready for thinking about the work in
a couple of weeks.