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W4A2010 - Second Call for Papers

From: Yeliz Yesilada <yesilady@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:45:16 +0200
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Here's our second call for the next W4A Conference: 'Developing  
Regions: Common Goals, Common Problems?'.  The deadlines are rapidly  
approaching, so we wanted to remind possible participants to start  
getting your papers in.

The Seventh International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web  
Accessibility (W4A 2010)

Co-Located with the Nineteenth International World Wide Web  
Conference (WWW2010), in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 26-27 April 2010.

Important Dates
-------------------
* SUBMISSIONS:

TECHNICAL and COMMUNICATION Papers:
01 Feb 2010 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

WEB ACCESSIBILITY CHALLENGE:
19th Feb 2010 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

More details: <http://www.w4a.info/2010/submissions/dates.shtml>

Keynote Speakers
--------------------------
* Steve Bratt (CEO, WWW Foundation)

* Gregg Vanderheiden (Director Trace R&D Center, Professor,  
University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This year, we will also have an After Dinner Keynote at the  
conference dinner.  We feel that this more casual environment will  
allow for an extended discussion among the conference attendees of  
the topics covered throughout the conference. Our 2010 After Dinner  
Keynote will be:

* William Loughborough (Smith-Kettlewell Institute of Visual Science)

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 selected papers presented at W4A 2010 will be invited to  
submit revised versions of their papers for publication in a Special  
Issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia (NRHM) journal.  
This follows two previous successful Special Issues of the same  
journal presenting research from past W4A conferences, and we're  
pleased to be able to continue our association with the journal.

New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia:
<http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13614568.asp>

Topics and Content
-------------------
A revolution in the information society is now starting, based on the  
use of mobile phones in developing countries. The hyper-growth of  
mobile phone penetration is deeply changing the lives of people in  
most of the world; their ways of communicating, working, learning,  
and structuring their societies. The promising next step is obviously  
to access the Web. The Web has already touched the lives of over a  
billion people and now is the time for the next billions.

However, this expansion faces unprecedented accessibility challenges.  
Even the word "accessibility" needs a new definition for people in  
the developing regions. How can someone who is illiterate or barely  
literate access the Web? In some cases, a language may not even have  
a written form. The affordability of the technology is also a  
challenge, while access is constrained by low computational power,  
limited bandwidth, compact keyboards, tiny screens, and even by the  
lack of electric power. All of these constraints compound the  
problems of access and inclusion.

The desire for access in developing regions and the resourcefulness  
of the people who want inclusion unite the communities of people in  
developing regions and the communities of disabled people in the  
developed world. Will complex and highly graphical interfaces exclude  
developing regions from access? What problems exist, what are the  
newly appearing problems, and what solutions are required? How do the  
adoption patterns for Web accessibility and inclusion vary across  
cultures? What effect will the Web in the developing regions have on  
accessibility in the developed regions and vice versa?

Note that while the commonalities between Web Accessibility and  
Developing Regions are this year's theme, please don't be deterred if  
this somewhat unique area is not yours. We would like to see all  
quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the particular field  
within accessibility. The overriding reason for a paper being  
accepted is its high quality in relation to the broad area of Web  
Accessibility.

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

* Inclusion and Citizen Empowerment in Developing Regions;
* Inclusion and Literacy in Developing Regions;
* Enhancing Education in Developing Regions;
* Accessibility Problems in Developing Regions;
* Web Based Employment in Developing Regions;
* Web Based Health Care in Developing Regions;
* Evaluation and Validation tools and techniques;
* User Experimentation looking at Social Networking and Freedom of  
Expression;
* User Agents for Developing Regions and User Agent Guidelines;
* 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.

Submission
--------------------
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 (up to 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:
<http://www.w4a.info/2010/submissions/index.shtml>


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:
ttp://www.w4a.info/2010/submissions/challenge.shtml

W4A Google Student Awards
-------------------
Thanks to financial support from Google, these Awards will provide  
financial support towards travel and accommodation, plus free  
conference registration, to two students conducting postgraduate  
research in the web accessibility field and who otherwise would be  
unable to attend W4A.

We now invite submissions from interested students - the deadline is  
**Thursday 4th February**, midnight Hawaii Standard Time.

More information including details of the submission procedure is  
available on the W4A Google Student Awards page at:
<http://www.w4a.info/2010/submissions/studentawards.shtml>


Endorsement
-------------------
W4A 2010 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences  
Steering Committee (IW3C2)


General Chair
-------------------
Chieko Asakawa and Hironobu Takagi
Accessibility Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Research,  
Tokyo Japan

Email: gc-2010-at-w4a.info


Programme Chairs
-------------------
Leo Ferres
Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Concepción, Chile

Cynthia Shelly
Microsoft Co.
USA

Email: pc-2010@w4a.info

Challenge Chairs
-------------------
Julio Abascal, Myriam Arrue and Markel Vigo UPV/EHU, Spain

Special Issue Chair
-------------------
David Sloan
University of Dundee, UK.


Programme Committee
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Margherita Antona, ICS-FORTH, Greece
Helen Ashman, The University of South Australia, Australia
Armando Barreto, Florida International University, USA
Eugene Borodin, Stony Brook University, USA
Giorgio Brajnik, Universita di Udine, Italy
Andy Brown, University of Manchester, UK
Anna Cavender, University of Washington
Wendy Chisholm, University of Washington
Alan Chuter, ONCE Foundation
Michael Cooper, W3C, USA
Olga De Troyer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
David Duce, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Kelly Ford, Microsoft, Inc., USA
Renata Fortes, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
Becky Gibson, IBM Emerging Internet Technologies, USA
Vicki Hanson, University of Dundee, UK
Simon Harper, University of Manchester, UK
Sarah Horton, Dartmouth College, USA
Caroline Jay, University of Manchester, UK
Brian Kelly, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK
Rui Lopes, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Darren Lunn, University of Manchester, UK
Charles McCathieNevile, Opera Software
Eleni Michailidou, University of Manchester, UK
Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz, Austria
David Novick, The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Zeljko Obrenovic, Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e), Netherland
Michael Paciello, The Paciello Group, USA
Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
I.V. Ramakrishnan, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
Gustavo Rossi, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
Paola Salomoni, University of Bologna, Italy
Andrew Sears, UMBC, USA
David Sloan, University of Dundee, UK
Shari Trewin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Victor Tsaran, Yahoo, Inc., USA
Douglas Tudhope, University of Glamorgan, UK
Takayuki Watanabe, Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan
Yeliz Yesilada, University of Manchester, UK


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