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The Sixth International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web  
Accessibility (W4A 2009)

'Web Accessibility for Older Users: Are We There Yet?'

Co-Located with the Eighteenth International World Wide Web  
Conference (WWW2009), in Madrid, Spain, 20-21 April 2009.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
* Michael Paciello (The Paciello Group)

Important Date
    30th Jan 2009 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

More details: <>

* The conference proceedings will be published as part of the ACM  
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at  
the ACM Digital Library.

Topics and Content
Population demographics indicate that our populations are ageing  
across the board. As the population ages the financial requirement to  
work longer is increased, but the ability to work longer is reduced  
because disability becomes a bar to employment. With the growth of  
the knowledge economy, and a move from manual work to more thought  
and communication based activities, there is the very real  
possibility of older Web users being able to finding productive,  
fulfilling, and social empowering employment; if only technology, and  
specifically the Web, where available to them. An ageing but Web- 
literate population indicates a large market for online shopping and  
services especially when mobility is a problem for the shopper.
In this case we wonder how this new population we interact with Web  
based resources, and what new problems in accessibility will there be  
to overcome? Will the Web provide the social, employment, and health  
care benefits currently unavailable to older users? Will complex and  
highly graphical interfaces excluded ageing users from access? How do  
the adaptation patterns for Web access by older people vary across  
cultures? What problems exist, what are the upcoming problems, what  
solutions are required? Finally, what effect will an ageing user  
population have on the wider Web? We pose the question: Web  
accessibility for older users - are we there yet?

We will accept position and technical papers, and short  
communications. Position papers should only be submitted as a  
communication of (up to 4-pages) whereas technical papers should be  
in full paper format (upto 10-pages). Accepted papers and  
communications will appear in the Conference proceedings contained on  
the Conference CD, and will also be accessible to the general public  
via the ACM Digital Library website. The official language of the  
Conference is English.

Submission details are available at:

Web Accessibility Challenge
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, the "Web Accessibility Challenge"  
is organised 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.
More details: <>

Microsoft Corporation (<>)
Google (<>)
The Mozilla Foundation (<>)
ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS)  
Zakon Group (<>)

W4A 2009 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences  
Steering Committee (IW3C2)

General Chair
David Sloan
School of Computing, University of Dundee, DUNDEE


Programme Chairs
Hiro Takagi and Chieko Asakawa
Accessibility Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Research, TOKYO

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