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Simon HARPER <[log in to unmask]>
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"Web Accessibility Challenge" at the Fourth International Cross- 
Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A 2007)
Co-Located with the Sixteenth International World Wide Web Conference  
(WWW2007), in Banff, Canada.

"Innovative voice access interfaces for the Web: including browsers,  
techniques, and transcodings"

Web technologies are advancing to realize more dynamic and  
interactive user experiences for a wide range of users, in forms such  
as wikis, blogs, podcasting, movies, AJAX applications, and so on.  
However, basic verbalization and non-visual interaction techniques  
have not changed over this period. Now is the time for innovative new  
voice browsers. We would like to call for new, innovative voice  
access interfaces for Web contents. We want to gather various types  
of next generation voice browsers, and demonstrate the future of more  
usable voice access systems. Referees will score each system by  
novelty and achieved usability, and decide on a best access interface  
award for the submissions. Additional special awards will be  
considered, too.

Submission Deadline: 31st March 2007
Submissions should be sent via email, addressed to challenge- 
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Submission Details:
* Mandatory components for a submission are a two-page abstract and a  
demonstration movie (or audio recording). Software is not required,  
but encouraged. Abstracts should emphasize the innovative ideas in  
the system.
* 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.
* If you have any trouble sending large movie files via e-mail,  
please contact the coordinators (contact address: [log in to unmask]).
* A presentation and demonstration session will be part of the W4A  
event, and so at least one of the authors is expected to attend the  
* The demonstration movies should also be non-visually accessible,  
since some of referees are blind.
* If you cannot prepare a movie before the 31st of March, please  
submit your abstract before this deadline and you can submit the  
movie afterwards -- we will give you detailed instructions on how to  
record the required movie.

System requirements
* Any kind of system is acceptable, such as standalone voice  
browsers, browser plug-ins, or telephony systems. Other non-visual  
access browsers can be accepted (e.g. tactile browser). Please  
contact us, if you have any questions about the coverage.
* All submissions must handle standard HTML. Functional limitations  
are acceptable (e.g. lack of form input functions). Optimizations for  
some specific content are welcomed. Additional content types are  
highly welcomed, such as DHTML, Flash, SVG, or OpenDocument Format.
* Open source systems are welcomed.
* Editing functions are not required, but a simple input editing  
function for forms is encouraged. Rich editing functions will not be  
considered in the scoring.

* Chieko Asakawa (IBM Research)
* Hironobu Takagi (IBM Research)
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