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Susan Harkness Regli <[log in to unmask]>
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The September 1st deadline for submission to the special issue of IEEE
Internet Computing on "Usability and the World Wide Web" is approaching.

We would like to remind interested contributors of the date and encourage
researchers and practitioners engaged in relevant work to submit an article
to this special issue.


Susan Harkness Regli
Human Factors Scientist
VerticalNet, Inc.
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Christine M. Neuwirth
Professor of English and Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Usability and the World Wide Web


SUBMISSIONS DUE DATE: 1 September 2001

    Christine M. Neuwirth, Carnegie Mellon University <[log in to unmask]>
    Susan Harkness Regli, VerticalNet <[log in to unmask]>

The World Wide Web holds the promise of universal access to an infinite
variety of  resources, but that dual promise of universality and variety
poses special challenges for  usability. This special issue covers
developments in improving and evaluating the usability  of Web sites, with
special emphasis on designing for a broad spectrum of diverse visitors
while addressing specific domain needs.

Technical papers should present advances in usability design and testing for
the Web. Topics  of interest include:

* Novel applications of human-computer interaction techniques to improve Web
site design.
* Techniques for improving access to Web sites for populations diverse in
culture, ability,  economic status, and computer literacy.
* Case studies that identify and address challenges in specific domains such
as  business-to-consumer e-commerce, business-to-business e-commerce,
distance learning on the  Web, community sites, and online journals.
* Processes to quickly and efficiently progress from user needs analysis to
technical  prototyping and implementation.
* Technical advances in tracking server and user activity on Web sites.
* Site engineering and architecture improvements for enhanced performance
and fidelity.
* Experimental studies of user response to Web site designs.

Papers should explicate technical issues related to designing, building, and
testing usable Web sites. Research papers should demonstrate the feasibility
of the approach and describe  the state of realization. Case studies and
applied papers should discuss the key factors  that made the system work and
should also mention the pitfalls and problems encountered.

All submissions will be peer reviewed.

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 6,000 words and
must focus on  Internet technologies and implementations. Articles should be
written for a readership  consisting primarily of professional system and
software designers and engineers (75 percent  working in industry). All
manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. The first page of each  submission should
list full contact details (including full name, postal address, e-mail
address, phone, and fax number) for at least one author. Detailed author
guidelines are available at

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