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Web Accessibility
A Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).

Special issue editors: Andrew Sears (UMBC), Vicki Hanson (IBM T. J. Watson 
Research Center), and Brad Myers (CMU)

September 1, 2005: Deadline to submit Abstract/Intention to submit statement

November 1, 2005: Deadline to submit manuscripts for review

The Web has become pervasive in our society, with people using the web for 
personal communication, research, company intranets, online purchasing, 
entertainment, and more.  For many people, however, access to this 
information is not a given.  Individuals with various disabilities, 
including visual, physical, hearing, and cognitive, often experience 
difficulties using the Web.  The W3C has created guidelines for web content 
designed to make sites accessible. Research has shown, however, that even 
websites designed according to these guidelines may not be easily used by 
persons with disabilities. What do we need to do as HCI professionals to 
understand and prepare our systems to maximize the accessibility and 
usability of websites?

The aim of this Special Issue is to present high quality, original, 
manuscripts related to the topic of Web accessibility that will contribute 
to the usability of the Web for all persons, regardless of ability or 
disability. All manuscripts must be related to HCI and not on general issues 
of  website compliance. Manuscripts must be original, but significant 
expansions and revisions of papers recently presented at conferences are 
will be considered. Possible topics include:

- Empirical studies of issues related to the usability of websites by 
persons with disabilities (e.g., individuals with vision, motor, hearing, 
and cognitive limitations that make it difficult to read and interact with 
Web content; issues of Web access by older adults is appropriate).

- Technologies, tools or methods for easing Web access for persons with 
disabilities (e.g., hardware devices, transcoding technologies, and Web 
services) backed up with empirical studies that demonstrate their 
effectiveness.

Abstract/Intention to Submit: that we can assess the suitability of your 
proposed paper for the special issue, and make sure that we have sufficient 
reviewers ready for the number of papers to be submitted, please e-mail an 
abstract of about 150-200 words to [log in to unmask] by September 1, 2005. 
The final manuscript is due November 1st but early submissions are 
encouraged.

All contributions will be rigorously peer reviewed to the usual exacting 
standards of TOCHI. Further information, including TOCHI submission 
procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your manuscript, can be 
found at: http://www.acm.org/tochi/

Final manuscripts are to be submitted via the ACM online manuscript system 
at: http://acm.manuscriptcentral.com/

To discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue 
editors: [log in to unmask]

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