As a result of some sage advice from Jason White (a W3C veteran), amongst others. Myself, Laura Carlson and Josh O Connor have started to attend the HTML WG weekly teleconferences. Our first meeting has already yielded some positive progress:
Action 54 – draft text for HTML 5 spec to require producers/authors to include @alt on img elements
This is an opportunity to provide positive input into the development of the HTML5 specification on an issue that is integral to the accessibility of the majority of non text content available on the web.
We would appreciate continued input from the accessibility community to ensure we get it right!