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W4A Conference, Madrid, 20-21 April 2009 - First Call for Papers

From: DavidSloan <DSloan@computing.dundee.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:50:26 -0000
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The Sixth International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web
Accessibility (W4A 2009)

'Web Accessibility for Older Users: Are We There Yet?'

Co-Located with the Eighteenth International World Wide Web Conference
(WWW2009), in Madrid, Spain, 20-21 April 2009.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
* Michael Paciello (The Paciello Group)

Important Date
   30th Jan 2009 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

More details: http://www.w4a.info/2009/dates.shtml

* The conference proceedings will be published as part of the ACM
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at the
ACM Digital Library.

Topics and Content
Population demographics indicate that our populations are ageing across
the board. As the population ages the financial requirement to work
longer is increased, but the ability to work longer is reduced because
disability becomes a bar to employment. With the growth of the knowledge
economy, and a move from manual work to more thought and communication
based activities, there is the very real possibility of older Web users
being able to finding productive, fulfilling, and social empowering
employment; if only technology, and specifically the Web, where
available to them. An ageing but Web-literate population indicates a
large market for online shopping and services especially when mobility
is a problem for the shopper.
In this case we wonder how this new population we interact with Web
based resources, and what new problems in accessibility will there be to
overcome? Will the Web provide the social, employment, and health care
benefits currently unavailable to older users? Will complex and highly
graphical interfaces excluded ageing users from access? How do the
adaption patterns for Web access by older people vary across cultures?
What problems exist, what are the upcoming problems, what solutions are
required? Finally, what effect will an ageing user population have on
the wider Web? We pose the question: Web accessibility for older users -
are we there yet?

We will accept position and technical papers, and short communications.
Position papers should only be submitted as a communication of (up to
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.

Submission details are available at:

Web Accessibility Challenge
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, 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.
More details: http://www.w4a.info/2009/challenge.shtml

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

W4A 2009 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences
Steering Committee (IW3C2)

General Chair
David Sloan
School of Computing, University of Dundee, DUNDEE

Email: gc-2009-at-w4a.info

Programme Chairs
Hiro Takagi and Chieko Asakawa
Accessibility Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Research, TOKYO

Email: pc-2009@w4a.info

W4A on the Web
* http://www.w4a.info
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The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.
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