ARIA Decision Policy

ARIA Decision Policy

This document explains the decision process of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group.

There are often divergent opinions on issues. It is important that all views are expressed and considered, but it is critical to Working Group function that it can come to conclusions. The procedures set out here describe how the WG discusses a topic and forms a decision, preferably by consensus. These procedures are designed to ensure that input is considered, whether in teleconferences or using asynchronous communication tools.

The procedure to reach a decision is:

  • Discussion on a topic proceeds until the chair believes that all expressed points of view have been heard and considered.
  • When the chair believes that the group is ready to come to a decision, they announce a Call for Consensus (CfC).
  • Based on responses to the CfC, the chair determines one of the following outcomes:
    • If no objections are received by the deadline, the draft decision becomes a formal decision of the Working Group.
    • If objections are received but the chair believes the objections have already been considered and addressed and there is an overall consensus, the draft decision becomes a formal decision of the Working Group with objections. Objections are recorded as an appendix to [...]
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