RE: workshop on accessibility

From: James Allan (
Date: Wed, Jun 30 1999

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:43:25 -0500
From: James Allan <>
To: Judy Brewer <>, Anne de Baenst <>
Message-id: <001601bec317$ac6ad820$0100007f@localhost>
Subject: RE: workshop on accessibility

conference was already on the list. Updated the conference to include
information concerning the workshop.

Jim Allan, Statewide Technical Support Specialist
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9453
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964

-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Brewer []
Sent: Monday, June 21, 1999 12:59 PM
To: Anne de Baenst
Subject: Re: workshop on accessibility


Thank you for asking about usage of the list.

It looks like an interesting event. Please send a much shorter remark, with
a link for more detailed information, if you are sending this to the WAI
Interest Group list.

In the meantime, I am forwarding your detailed message to, as described in a message to the WAI Interest Group
mailing list so the
information can be included in the events calendar.



At 11:35 AM 6/21/99 +0000, Anne de Baenst wrote:
>I am following the WAI Interest Group discussions with great interest being
>myself involved in a project in Belgium concerned with the diffusion of
>guidelines for accessibility. My colleague Monique Noirhomme which is
>Vice-Chair of the IFIP WG 13.3 on "Human Computer Interaction and
>is organizing a worshop at the INTERACT'99 on accessibility. I suppose that
>that this could concern the mailing list. May I ask you if I can send the
>call for participation "as it" to the complete list or if I have to use a
>link with shorter remark.
>Thanks in advance,
>Anne de Baenst
>Senior researcher
>Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP)
>Institut d'Informatique
>21 rue Grangagnage - B5000 Namur Belgique (Belgium)
>tel.: + 32 (0)81 72 52 50    fax: + 32 (0)81 72 49 67
>e-mail :
>Please forward to your colleagues and friends...
>Call for Participation for IFIP TC 13 WG 13.3 Workshop
>TITLE: "Making designers aware of existing guidelines for accessibility"
>  Monique Noirhomme-Fraiture,   Vice-chair IFIP WG13.3
>  Julio Gonzalez-Abascal,       Member     IFIP WG13.3
>  Colette Nicolle,              Secretary  IFIP WG13.3
>  Geoff Busby,                  Chairman IFIP WG13.3 and BCS delegate
>Supported by IFIP WG13.3 "Human Computer Interaction and Disabilities"
>(with the participation of the BCSHCI and BCSdg)
>DATE: Tuesday, August 31, 1999; 9:00-17:00
>Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (room 4) (in
>conjunction with INTERACT'99
>Pound Sterling 40 (incl. VAT, coffee and tea breaks plus lunch)
>In order to make New Technologies of Information and Communication (NTIC)
>accessible by people with disabilities, it is absolutely necessary to raise
>the awareness of the designers and developers. This workshop will focus on
>the ways to achieve this goal. For the moment, there exist relevant
>guidelines dedicated to software and hardware designers. But, do the
>designers read them? Often, these guidelines represent large documents
>readable by disability specialists. Is this the best way to proceed? What
>do the designers think about regulations (e.g. the Americans with
>Disabilities Act in the U.S., the Disability Discrimination Act in the
>U.K., and the European Commissions 1996 White Paper - Equal Opportunities
>and Non-Discrimination for people with disabilities)? How can designers
>ensure that they know the way to implement these regulations? What do
>designers think about guidelines accessible on the Web and about the use of
>awareness campaigns? On the assumption that guidelines are known by the
>designers, how do they use them and what are their habits? These are some
>of the questions that will be discussed by the participants.
>This workshop is intended for anybody concerned about the design of
>interfaces "also accessible by people with disabilities" interested in
>sharing their practice and their views, i.e. the ergonomists and the
>interface specialists but also the designers and the developers. This in
>fact ought to include all of them, given legislation that now exists which
>could (and should) have far-reaching implications for the future.
>A one day session with two coffee breaks and a break for a lunch.
>In the morning, participants will be invited to present their ideas through
>talks initiated by position papers. Then, in the afternoon, a common debate
>within the group will take place and a final synthesis (including the
>writing of the informal poster requested by the conference) will be made to
>end the workshop.
>The workshop will focus on the following questions:
>- Are the designers and developers aware of existing sets of guidelines for
>the design of accessible interfaces and do they use them?
>- Is there best means to make them aware of guidelines?
>- What is their practice using guidelines?
>- What are the possibilities to present the guidelines and is there a best
>way to do it?
>- What do the designers think about regulations?
>It is planned to publish the results of the workshop including position
>papers, discussions and recommendations on the Web, probably with WG13.3.
>The conclusions of the workshop will also be used to direct next activities
>of WG 13.3 (pamphlet, Web site, workshop...).
>The participants who wants to give a talk during the morning session are
>invited to submit prior to the workshop a position abstract (1-3 pages)
>that includes a description of their current experiences in relation with
>the workshop topics. Submission should be send on electronic version to [
> ].
>Other participants are invited to ask for their participation by e-mail at
>the same address.
>In both cases, deadline is JULY 8, 1999.
>Registration has to be done at the INTERACT'99 conference secretary [
> ].
>Normally, the participants are expected to register for the main
>conference. On special request by e-mail to one of the chairs, it should be
>possible to accommodate participation only at the workshop.
>Monique Noirhomme-Fraiture
>Institut d'Informatique
>University of Namur
>rue Grandgagnage 21
>B-5000 NAMUR (Belgium)
>Email :
>Julio Gonzalez-Abascal:
>Colette Nicolle:
>Limited funds are available to provide some support for a few HCI
>scientists from Developing Countries in Asia, India, South America or
>Africa to attend INTERACT'99. Applications will be received until the
>closing date 2nd July, and should be sent to
>Dr. Fabio Paterno, CNUCE-C.N.R., Via S.Maria 36, 56126 Pisa, Italy
>Tel: +39 050 593 289
>Fax: +39 050 904 052
>Further information and conditions for applying are available from the
>conference Web site or from Dr. Paterno.
Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
MIT/LCS Room NE43-355, 545 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA