In the 'TEITAC' home stretch!

With an odd mixture of joy, relief, and maybe a little bit of sadness (but mostly relief), I read that "The Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) will deliver its report to the Board on April 3, 2008" in this web news release on the webiste of the U.S. Access Board. This release notes that:

The Committee’s report will be the basis for the Board’s first update of the Section 508 standards since their original publication in 2000. The Board will review the Committee recommendations and issue an update proposal which will be available for public comment.

Along with my Sun colleague (and TEITAC Editorial Working Group member) Michele Budris, and colleagues from 40 other companies organizations, I have been working on the Update of the Section 508 Standards and the Telecommunications Act Guidelines since the first meeting in October 2006. During 26 days of face to face plenary meetings, 38 hours of teleconference plenary meetings, regular weekly meetings among 8 subcommittees (which were open to public participation) - not to mention meetings of more than a dozen ad-hoc task groups) - we have largely reached consensus on the draft of our recommendations that we will be delivering to the Access Board in early April. That meeting will be held at the Grand Hayatt in downtown Washington DC, followed by what is rumored to be a black tie reception. But before we all get to dress up, we have to finish the final stretch (a last 14 hours of meetings).

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