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Web Accessibility Challenge sponsored by Microsoft at the Fifth  
International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A  
2008)
Co-Located with the Sixteenth International World Wide Web Conference  
(WWW2008), in Beijing, China, 21-22 April 2008.

http://www.w4a.info/2008/challenge.shtml

The "Web Accessibility Challenge" is organised, and since 2008  
sponsored by Microsoft, 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. We would like to  
encourage and accelerate development of innovative and practically  
usable Web accessibility technologies. This year, we would like to  
focus on the technologies for "one world, one Web".

According to the recent globalization trend, the Web is becoming the  
social infrastructure for the global community. Web 2.0 technologies,  
such as social networking services, collective intelligence services,  
and real-time collaboration services, realized various types of  
global collaboration models, and they are changing the world  
drastically. This trend requires the web accessibility technology to  
be evolved to allow anyone to join the global community by making Web  
2.0 collaboration services accessible.

This year, the second "Web accessibility challenge" aims to gather  
innovative accessibility technologies for rich Internet applications,  
collaboration services, collective intelligence systems, real-time  
collaboration systems, location aware systems, multilingual web  
sites, local language input methods and other systems invented for  
globalization.

Deadline
========
Submission deadline is March 3rd 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time).

Awards
======
* 2008 Web Accessibility Challenge: Judges Award Decided by the  
invited judges, who are experts from academia, industry and end-users.
* 2008 Web Accessibility Challenge: Delegates Award Decided by the  
participants of the conference.
* In addition, you can get feedback from judges and participants.

System requirements
===================
* Any kind of system is acceptable, such as standalone assistive  
technologies, voice browsers, browser plug-ins, server-based  
services, and telephony systems. Other accessibility technologies can  
be accepted (e.g., tactile browser).
* Open source systems are welcomed.
* Please contact us, if you have any questions about the coverage  
([log in to unmask]).

Submission details
==================
* Submissions should be sent to this email address: <challenge- 
[log in to unmask]>
* You can also consider alternative methods for submission of large  
movie files such as uploading the file to YouTube. In this case,  
please add a tag "w4a2008" to the movie, and send the URL of the  
movie to the submission address (<[log in to unmask]>).
* Abstracts and movies should emphasize the innovative ideas in the  
system. Do not demonstrate whole functions including usual or average  
functions.
* The demonstration movies should also be non-visually accessible,  
since some of referees are blind. Please consider to add audio  
descriptions to the submission movie, and do not add unnecessary  
audio (e.g., background music).
* Abstracts should be in ACM/W4A paper format, since abstracts will  
be published in the proceedings. Abstracts and movies will be stored  
in the ACM Digital Library.

Contact:
========
* Hironobu Takagi (IBM Research)
* Takayuki Watanabe (Tokyo Woman's Christian University)
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