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From: Jennifer Sutton
Date: Feb 15, 2008 7:20AM


*FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS*

The Fifth International Cross-Disciplinary
Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A 2008)

'One World, One Web: Surfers become Designers?'

Co-Located with the Seventeenth International
World Wide Web Conference (WWW2008), in Beijing, China, 21-22 April 2008.

http://www.w4a.info
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Keynote Speakers
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* Michael Paciello (The Paciello Group)
* TV Raman (Google)

Important Dates
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* SUBMISSIONS: TECHNICAL and COMMUNICATION Papers:
Monday 18th Feb 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
* NOTIFICATION: TECHNICAL and COMMUNICATION Papers:
Monday 10th March 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
* CAMERA READY COPY: TECHNICAL and COMMUNICATION Papers:
Monday 24th March 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
* Conference Dates:
Monday 21th and Tuesday 22nd April 2008

Publications
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* The conference proceedings will be published as
part of the ACM International Conference
Proceedings Series and will be available at the ACM Digital Library.
* Authors of the best papers will be invited to
submit extended versions to a special issue of
New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM).

Topics and Content
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The World Wide Web (Web) is returning to its
origins. Surfers are not just passive readers but
content creators. Wikis allow open editing and
access, blogs enable personal expression,
Flicker, YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook encourage
social networking by enabling designs to be
'created' and 'wrapped' around content. Indeed it
seems that only the Web infrastructure supporting
expression is immutable and invisible to the
user. Template based tools such as iWeb, Google
Page Creator, and RapidWeaver enable fast
professional looking Web site creation using
automated placement, with templates for blogging,
picture sharing, and social networking, these
tools often require publishing to a system
specific server, such as '.mac'. In this case we
wonder if the conjugation of authoring tools and
user agents represents an opportunity for
automatically generated Web Accessibility or yet
another problem for Web Accessibility? Will form
based and highly graphical interfaces excluded
disabled users from creation, expression and
social networking? What problems exist, what are
the upcoming problems, what solutions are
required? What about the accessibility of the
content designed and created by surfers? Finally,
what effect will this have on the wider Web? We
pose the question: What happens when surfers become authors and designers?

In this case topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

* Investigations focused on Template Based Technology;
* User Experimentation looking at Social
Networking and Freedom of Expression;
* GUI and Form investigations with regard to access;
* How Wikis and Blogging Tools effect accessibility of content creation;
* Evaluation and Validation tools and
techniques for Wiki and Blogging tools;
* Web Content Creation Tools;
* Web Authoring Guidelines;
* Design and best practice to support Web accessibility;
* Technological advances to support Web accessibility;
* End user tools;
* Accessibility guidelines, best practice,
evaluation techniques, and tools;
* Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios;
* Innovative techniques to support accessibility;
* Universally accessible graphical design approaches;
* Design Perspectives;
* Adapting existing Web content; and
* Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.


The W4A Web Accessibility Challenge Sponsored by Microsoft
----------------------------------------------------------
The W4A Web Accessibility Challenge Sponsored by
Microsoft is organised to give an opportunity to
researchers and developers of advanced Web
accessibility technologies for showcasing their
technologies to technical leaders in this area
not only from academia and industry but also from
end-users. This year, we would like to focus on
the technologies for "one world, one Web".
The W4A 2008 "Web accessibility challenge" aims
to gather innovative accessibility technologies
for rich Internet applications, collaboration
services, collective intelligence systems,
real-time collaboration systems, location aware
systems, multilingual web sites, local language
input methods and other systems invented for globalization.

For further information on submissions,
participation and awards, please refer to:
http://www.w4a.info/2008/challenge.shtml


Submission
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We will accept position and technical papers, and
short communications. Position papers should only
be submitted as a communication of (upto 4-pages)
whereas technical papers should be in full paper
format (upto 10-pages). Accepted papers and
communications will appear in the Conference
proceedings contained on the Conference CD, and
will also be accessible to the general public via
the ACM Digital Library website. The official
language of the Conference is English.

LaTeX:
http://www.w4a.info/2008/backingfiles/sig-alternate.cls
http://www.w4a.info/2008/backingfiles/sig-alternate.tex
http://www.w4a.info/2008/backingfiles/sig-alternate.pdf

Notes for LaTeX users:
Ensure your submission is formatted for Letter paper.
All authors should be listed on the front page.

Microsoft Word:
http://www.w4a.info/2008/backingfiles/pubform.doc

More information on the style files and
submission procedure can be found at:
http://www.w4a.info/2008/submission.shtml.

Please submit documents via the conference website (http://www.w4a.info/).

Sponsors
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The Mozilla Foundation (http://www.mozillafoundation.org/)
Google (http://www.google.com)
Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com)
ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible
Computing (SIGACCESS) (http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/)
Zakon Group (http://www.zakongroup.com/)

Endorsement
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W4A 2008 is endorsed by the International World
Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2)

Programme Committee
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Julio Abascal - University of the Basque Country, Spain.
Margherita Antona - ICS-FORTH, Greece.
Chieko Asakawa - IBM, Japan.
Helen Ashman - The University of South Australia, Australia.
Armando Barreto - Florida International University, USA.
Giorgio Brajnik - Università di Udine, Italy.
Catherine Brys - University of Strathclyde, UK.
Sofia Celic - Vision Australia, Australia.
Michael Cooper - W3C, USA.
David Duce - Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Becky Gibson - IBM Emerging Internet Technologies, USA.
Brian Kelly - UKOLN, UK.
Richard E. Ladner - University of Washington, USA.
Laura Leventhal - Bowling Green State University, USA.
Christina Li - BBC/UIGarden.net, UK.
Zhengjie Liu - Dalian Maritime University, China.
Klaus Miesenberger - University of Linz, Austria.
David G. Novick - The University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
Zeljko Obrenovic - CWI, Netherlands
Helen Petrie - University of York, UK.
Enrico Pontelli - New Mexico State University, USA.
IV Ramakrishnan - State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.
Gustavo H. Rossi - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
Paola Salomoni - Università di Bologna, Italy.
Andrew Sears - UMBC, USA.
Cynthia Shelly - Microsoft, USA.
Robert Stevens - University of Manchester, UK.
Hironobu Takagi - IBM Research, Japan.
Shari Trewin - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA.
Olga De Troyer - VUB, Belgium.
Douglas Tudhope - University of Glamorgan, Wales - UK.
Takayuki Watanabe - Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan.
Mary Zajicek - Oxford Brookes University, UK.

General Chair
-------------------
Yeliz Yesilada
Information Management Group,
University of Manchester,
MANCHESTER, M13 9PL, UK

Email: gc-2008-at-w4a.info

Programme Chair
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David Sloan
School of Computing
University of Dundee
DUNDEE, DD1 4HN, UK

Email: <EMAIL REMOVED>

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