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(This CFP is being sent to many mailing lists.  Apologies for multiple 
copies that you may receive.)

The Third International Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Web 
Accessibility (W4A 2006)

'Building the Mobile Web: Rediscovering Accessibility?'

Located at the Fifteenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 
May 22, 2006, in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

* Sarah Horton is an instructional technology specialist at Dartmouth 
College and is the author of 'Access by design: A guide to universal 
usability for Web designers'.
* Aaron Leventhal is an IBM Web accessibility architect and is the 
leader of the Mozilla Accessibility Project.
* Dr. Rhys Lewis is Chief Scientist for Volantis Systems Ltd. and is 
the chair of the Device Independence Working Group (DIWG) of the World 
Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
* Donna Smillie is a senior Web accessibility consultant at the Royal 
National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), UK.

* The workshop proceedings will be published as part of the ACM 
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at 
the ACM Digital Library.
* Selected papers will be invited to submit a revised version for 
consideration for a special issue of the Springer Journal - Universal 
Access in the Information Society (UAIS). These papers will go through 
an additional reviewing process to ensure quality.

Topics and Content
We invite submissions for W4A 2004 addressing our current theme of 
'Building the Mobile Web: Rediscovering Accessibility?'.

After the launch of the Mobile Web Initiative at the World Wide Web 
Conference 2005 we are beginning to realise that, today, mobile Web 
access suffers from interoperability and usability problems that make 
the Web difficult to use. With the move to small screen size, low 
bandwidth, and different operating modalities, technology is in effect 
simulating the sensory and cognitive impairments experienced by 
disabled users within the wider population of mobile device users. In 
this our 3rd Workshop we ask the question:

     'Is engineering, designing, and building for the mobile Web just a 
rehash of the same old Web accessibility problems?'

We wish to bring together different communities working on similar 
problems to share ideas, discuss overlaps, and make the fledging mobile 
Web community aware of accessibility work that may have been 
overlooked. We ask is designing for accessibility and small screened 
devices really the same thing requiring the same solutions and can we 
work together to solve these problems? What can the Mobile Web learn 
from the Accessible Web and what resources created to support the 
Accessible Web can be used by designers in their support of the Mobile 

Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):
* Advances in Mobile Web technologies;
* Design and best practice to support the Mobile Web and accessibility:
* Technological advances to support web accessibility;
* End user tools;
* Accessibility and Mobile Web 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;
* Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.

Submission and Important Dates
We will accept both position and technical papers. Position papers 
should only be in short paper format whereas technical papers can be in 
short or long paper format. In addition to the technical session, this 
year we are introducing a NEW best practice session (see details 
below). The following style files must be used for submissions:


Notes for LaTeX users:
Ensure your submission is formatted for Letter paper.
All authors should be listed on the front page.

Microsoft Word:

More information on the style files and submission procedure can be 
found at:

We encourage authors to submit concise technical papers between 8 and 
12 pages. Short papers and position papers should not exceed 4 pages. 
Please submit documents via the workshop website 

*Submissions due: Monday 20th March 2006
*Notification for acceptance: Monday 17th April 2006
*Camera ready due: Monday 24th April 2006
*Workshop date: 22nd May 2006

Best Practice Session
This year we also invite best practice papers that explain experiences 
of designing accessible pages or making existing pages accessible. 
These papers aim to bridge the gap between research on Web 
accessibility and best practice. Submissions for this session need to 
be 2-4 pages long. If you are planning to submit papers for this 
session, please inform the workshop chairs ([log in to unmask]) in 

More information on the submission procedure can be found at:

Simon Harper, Yeliz Yesilada, and Carole Goble
Information Management Group,
University of Manchester,

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