Workshop on Usability and the Web
NIST, Gaithersburg (near Washington D.C.), Maryland, USA

4th and 5th November, 2002

In collaboration with the World Wide Web Consortium W3C, The National
Institute of Standards and Technology will host a workshop to develop a plan
for developing web usability efforts.

There are three aspects that the workshop will consider: 1) the usability of
W3C specifications 2) how they affect usability of software based on them,
and 3) how to improve the overall usability of the web.

A number of speakers have been invited to discuss usability of
documentation, web usability, and products of various W3C working groups.
Each attendee will be asked to submit a 1-2 page position paper outlining
one or more activities/approaches that could be undertaken by the group.

The workshop organizers will review these prior to the workshop and request
presentations of representative ideas from selected attendees. This will
require some collaboration and coordination among attendees prior to the
workshop. The outcome of the workshop will be an outline of plans and
activities that a usability interest group, if approved by the W3C, would

Critical Dates
September 13 - position papers submitted to the organizers
September 25 - attendees notified
October 4 - speakers and agenda finalized
November 4-5 - workshop

People interested in attending should submit their 1-2 page position paper
to [log in to unmask] by September 13 th.

Tentative agenda
November 4th
9:00 - 12:00 Introduction and invited speakers
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 5:30 Participant presentations; Breakout groups for Nov. 5th

November 5th
9:00 - 12:00 Breakout group meetings
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 Reports from breakout groups
3:00 - 5:30 Plans and activities drafted

Jean Scholtz, [log in to unmask]
Steven Pemberton, [log in to unmask]
Sharon Laskowski, [log in to unmask]

More information is available at

Dr. Jean Scholtz
Visualization and Usability Group
NIST, MS 8940
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
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