Message-Id: <200011130914.eAD9EMg02550@zidane.inria.fr> From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 10:14:21 +0100 Subject: Final Press Release for CUU - Please Distribute ------- Forwarded Message ACM Conference on Universal Usability Hilton Arlington VA November 16 and 17 Disadvantaged Computer Users from Four Continents Enrich International Conference on Universal Usability WHAT IF PARALYSIS prevents you from using a standard computer keyboard? Or, if access to the network you depend on is manipulated by others as a badge of power? These challenges and more have been faced by the 19 Fellows at the Conference on Universal Usability (CUU), being held next week (Nov. 16 and 17) in Arlington, Virginia. The CUU Fellows are specially invited, funded computer users from developing nations and minority groups. They represent everyone to whom computer technology is a necessary but frustrating part of life. They hail from Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Ireland, the U.K., Romania and the U.S. CUU Fellows bring a special perspective to the conference. They drive home the imperative for universal, usable computer and Internet access for everyone, everywhere. They will draft a program of actions to make universal access a reality, at a pre-conference workshop at the Arlington Hilton on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Their report will be presented to the conference assembled on Friday afternoon, Nov. 17. Full details about CUU are available at http:// www.acm.org/ sigchi/cuu/. International Conference Strives to Make Computers Usable and Available to All People, Everywhere WHO OF US, no matter how technically gifted, has never had a problem accessing a service or understanding an interface? Not me. Not you. Not anyone. Taking action to redress the escalating frustrations of computer users of all types is the focus of a major conference, being held next week in Arlington, Virginia. The pervasiveness of problems with poorly designed computer systems is the focus of this event: the Conference on Universal Usability (CUU). The problems are so extensive and of such importance that the Association for Computing Machinery is being joined by 25 firms, professional societies, and government agencies in sponsoring the event. Included are leading high technology firms such as America Online, Intel, Oracle, Motorola and Sun Microsystems. Next Thursday and Friday (Nov. 16 and 17), the combined resources of key players in the IT revolution will be concentrated at the Hilton Arlington & Towers, 950 N. Stafford St., Arlington VA (703-528-6000). For a summary description of the growing chasm separating those who have effective IT access from those who do not, visit http://www.acm.org/sigchi/cuu/proceedings/conf-welcome.html. ACM Conference on Universal Usability Hilton Arlington VA November 16 and 17 Reversing Failure, Alleviating Frustration: International Conference Takes Up the Cause of Computing's Everyman TOO OFTEN, computer system complexity, incompatible file formats, confusing interfaces, high cost, and especially inadequate attention to the needs of diverse groups lead to user frustration and failure. Reversing failure and alleviating frustration are among the goals of the Conference on Universal Usability (CUU), taking place next week (Nov. 16 and 17) in Arlington, Virginia. This international conference will be opened by Thomas Kalil, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy -- a key player in past disability access efforts and currently the point man in U.S. efforts to narrow the Digital Divide between those who have access to computing and those who do not. The more than 300 CUU attendees also will experience ? A presentation describing universal access for any user, in many languages, on any computer platform ? Poster papers depicting visual cues for the visually impaired, a sign language recognition system, a remittance service for blind user ATM operation, and a tool to evaluate universal web accessibility Full details about CUU are available at http:// www.acm.org/ sigchi/cuu/. ACM Conference on Universal Usability Hilton Arlington VA November 16 and 17 Universal Usability Conference Volunteers Build Web Resource to Empower Every Citizen in Cyberspace THERE'S A TRITE saying in Western culture that "it ain't over till the fat lady sings". But in the case of a unique international meeting, the fat lady may never be finished singing -- and computer users everywhere will benefit. That's because student volunteers at the Conference on Universal Usability (CUU) have constructed a special web site (universalusability.com). This site is dedicated to understanding how to design computer technology so that it is usable by everyone: users of all levels of expertise, cognitive ability, and physical ability, and users with economic and social constraints. The site will be a primary resource for computer usability information, discussion and research long after the CUU conference is over. CUU is being held Nov. 16 and 17 in Arlington, Virginia. The universal usability site includes a discussion forum and an information storehouse about user communities, tasks and activities, computer hardware and software, and social and organizational systems. The student volunteers who built the site began their effort months before the conference itself, undertaking a daunting task for a group working asynchronously across time, language and cultural barriers. CUU funded their travel expenses, accommodations, meals and registration.