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[Draft 1] Share your perspectives on Text Customization for Readability

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:34:34 -0500
Message-ID: <5085C9FA.7000604@w3.org>
To: DavidSloan <DSloan@computing.dundee.ac.uk>, RDWG <public-wai-rd@w3.org>, Simon Harper <simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk>, Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Hi Dave & RDWG,

As I mentioned in past RDWG teleconferences, some people who had planned to submit a paper to the tc4r symposium were not able to, but do still want to contribute information. Below is a draft e-mail to encourage such contributions. I propose that we send this to the WAI IG list.

Comments, edit suggestions, etc. welcome.

Subject: Share your perspectives on Text Customization for Readability

The Text Customization for Readability Online Symposium will be held
     Monday 19 November 2012

This symposium will explore the needs of people with low vision, dyslexia, and other conditions and situations that impact reading. It focuses specifically on providing users the ability to change (or personalize) various aspects of text display/formatting to improve readability for their particular needs.

*We invite you to share your perspectives on text customization for readability* to contribute to the Symposium. For example, you can send a brief summary of what you learned about text customization from research you did in the past.

In order for us to consider your perspectives as we finalize plans for the Symposium, please send information via e-mail to the publicly-archived list (that can be referenced in the Symposium and subsequent report):
     *by 12 November 2012*

We are specifically looking for information to help:

* Understanding text customization needs and requirements
- What aspects of text customization improve readability? How do they help?
- Which aspects of text customization are necessary requirements for people to be able to read effectively, and which are optional suggestions to improve readability?
- What are the gaps in knowledge of users' needs for text customization?

* Integrating text customization functionality and requirements
- How well do existing text customization functionality and interfaces support users' needs?
- What text customization functionality is provided in current products?
- How do users interact with text customization features? Which do they use, which do they not use, and why?
- How effectively do user agents (web browsers, etc.) and web content share the responsibility for text customization?

* Moving forward
- How might we increase awareness of the need for text customization, and the benefits?
- What text customization functionality should be included in products in order to meet users' needs?
- How can we improve discoverability and usability of text customization features in products?
- How should text customization requirements be better addressed in accessibility guidelines, web standards, and other best practice guides?
- What areas of research show promise to inform and evolve text customization for readability?

For more information on the symposium, see: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2012/text-customization/>

Registration will open in early November and will be announced via WAI IG e-mail and others methods listed in Getting WAI Announcements at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/about/announcements>.
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