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                                              P A P E R   S U B M I S  
S I O N   E X T E N D E D

                        2nd International Workshop on Web Usability  
and Accessibility (IWWUA 2008)
                                           September 1st 2008,  
Auckland, New Zealand

Co-located with the 9th International Conference on Web Information  
Systems Engineering (WISE 2008)

According to recent studies an estimated 90% of Web sites and  
applications suffer from usability
and/or accessibility problems. As user satisfaction has increased in  
importance, the need for
usable Web applications has become more critical. To achieve Web  
usability and accessibility,
models describing all the Web artifacts' attributes and their  
relationships should be built, and
evaluation methods should be used during requirements, design and  
implementation stages based on
these models. Another major challenge in industry today is to make  
the Web more accessible for
everybody, including those with disabilities.

The goal of IWWUA 2008 is to bring together professionals and  
researchers who are interested in
discussing recent trends and perspectives in Web usability and  
accessibility. The main purpose
is to assess the effectiveness of existing approaches for the  
evaluation of such two factors,
with special focus on those results that may lead to improving the  
universal access in the
information society. These approaches include, but are not limited  
to: review guidelines,
usability models, usability checkers, accessibility verifiers,  
logging tools, automatic metric
capture tools, statistical tools, usability evaluation methods, etc.  
The Workshop will allow
participants to gain insight into the state-of-the-art in usability  
and accessibility for the Web.
Discussions are also planned to classify the existing works along  
dimensions in order to identify
gaps in the existing practices that will lead to topics for further  

Some of the questions to be discussed are:

- What are the shortcomings of existing approaches for Web usability  
and accessibility evaluation?
- How can the Web application usability be decomposed into a set of  
measurable attributes?
- What is the suitability of existing evaluation methods for Web  
- What are the specific usability/accessibility criteria for Web  
artifacts? To what extent do
   they depend on the family of applications under consideration?
- How can we broaden accessibility evaluation to involve people with  
disabilities?  Does it
   provide a more effective solution than merely conforming to  
accessibility standards?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of tools for automated  


We invite contributions discussing methodological, technical and  
theoretical aspects of usability
and accessibility for Web applications. Relevant topics include, but  
are not limited to:

- Usability and accessibility guidelines, factors, criteria, metrics,  
patterns, and recommendations
- Ergonomic/HCI criteria and principles for the Web
- Usability and accessibility criteria for Web vertical domains  
(e.g., e-commerce, e-government,
- Usability and accessibility evaluation of Web services
- Integration of usability and accessibility evaluation activities in  
Web development processes
- Early usability evaluation (e.g., based on navigational models,  
abstract Web user interfaces)
- Usability testing for the Web
- Evaluation of Web users’ performance and satisfaction
- Model-based evaluation for Web usability and accessibility
- Tools for automatic evaluation of Web usability and accessibility
- Usability and accessibility evaluation of multimodal Web applications
- Comparative analysis of usability/accessibility metrics
- Theoretical and empirical validation of usability/accessibility  
- Empirical studies
- Industrial experiences


Authors are invited to submit papers of a maximum of 10 pages. These  
papers should clearly
emphasize the issues relevant to the workshop. Submissions will be  
then evaluated according
to the relevance and originality of the work, and their ability to  
stimulate the discussion
at the workshop. The format of submitted papers must follow the  
Springer-Verlag LNCS standard
paper format ( and be submitted electronically  
in PDF format at


Submission of papers:  April 30, 2008
Notification of acceptance:  May 14, 2008
Camera-ready papers:  May 30, 2008
Workshop:  September 1, 2008


All papers accepted for the Workshop will be published by Springer- 
Verlag in the Lecture Notes
in Computer Science (LNCS) series, as a separate volume for the WISE  
Workshops. Provided that
accepted papers are substantive both in quantity and quality, a  
special issue of the Universal
Access in the Information Society (UAIS) journal has been already  


Silvia Abrahao, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Cristina Cachero, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Maristella Matera, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Shadi Abou-Zahra, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Nigel Bevan, Professional Usability Services, United Kingdom
Davide Bolchini, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Coral Calero, University of Castilla-la-Mancha, Spain
Tiziana Catarci, Universita degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, Italy
Vicente Luque Centeno, University Carlos III, Spain
Sven Casteleyn, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,  Belgium
Jair Cavalcanti Leite, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte,  
Florian Daniel, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Martin Gaedke, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Gerry Gaffney, Information & Design. Australia.
Geert-Jan Houben, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Emilio Insfran, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
Effie Lai-Chong Law, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Maria Dolores Lozano, University of Castilla-la-Mancha, Spain
Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Emilia Mendes, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Luis Olsina, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina
Geert Poels, University of Ghent, Belgium
Simos Retalis, University of Piraeus, Greece
Carmen Santoro, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Juan Carlos Trujillo, University of Alicante, Spain
Jean Vanderdonckt, Université catolique de Louvain, Belgium
Marco Winckler, University Paul Sabatier, France


The Workshop is mainly sponsored by the European COST Action nį294  
MAUSE (Towards the
Maturation of IT Usability Evaluation - Several  
members of this COST action
are members of the Workshop Program Committee and guarantee a large  
topical coverage
of the Workshop.


The Workshop co-chairs can be contacted by email at the address  
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