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W4A 2008, Beijing, April 21-22 2008 - Second Call for Papers

From: David Sloan <dsloan@computing.dundee.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 22:54:00 +0000
Message-ID: <4769A108.6080301@computing.dundee.ac.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

*SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS*

Keynote Speakers
--------------------------
* Michael Paciello (The Paciello Group)
* TV Raman (Google)

Important Dates
-------------------
*  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
-------------------
* 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
-------------------
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 Web Accessibility Challenge
--------------------------------
The "Web Accessibility Challenge" 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
--------------------
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
-------------------
The Mozilla Foundation (http://www.mozillafoundation.org/)
Google (http://www.google.com)
ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS) 
(http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/)
Zakon Group (http://www.zakongroup.com/)

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

Programme Committee
-------------------
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 - UniversitÓ 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 - UniversitÓ 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
-------------------
David Sloan
School of Computing
University of Dundee
DUNDEE, DD1 4HN, UK

Email: pc-2008@w4a.info

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-------------------
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