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The Fifth International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web  
Accessibility (W4A 2008)

'One World, One Web: Surfers become Designers?'

Co-Located with the Seventeenth International World Wide Web  
Conference (WWW2008), in Beijing, China, 21-22 April 2008. (RSS/ATOM News Feed)

Keynote Speakers
* Michael Paciello (The Paciello Group)
* TV Raman (Google)

Important Dates
    Monday 18th Feb 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
    Monday 10th March 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
    Monday 24th March 2008 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)
*  Conference Dates:
    Monday 21th and Tuesday 22nd April 2008

* The conference proceedings will be published as part of the ACM  
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at  
the ACM Digital Library.
* Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended  
versions to a special issue of New Review of Hypermedia and  
Multimedia (NRHM).

Topics and Content
The World Wide Web (Web) is returning to its origins. Surfers are not  
just passive readers but content creators. Wikis allow open editing  
and access, blogs enable personal expression, Flicker, YouTube,  
MySpace, and Facebook encourage social networking by enabling designs  
to be 'created' and 'wrapped' around content. Indeed it seems that  
only the Web infrastructure supporting expression is immutable and  
invisible to the user. Template based tools such as iWeb, Google Page  
Creator, and RapidWeaver enable fast professional looking Web site  
creation using automated placement, with templates for blogging,  
picture sharing, and social networking, these tools often require  
publishing to a system specific server, such as '.mac'. In this case  
we wonder if the conjugation of authoring tools and user agents  
represents an opportunity for automatically generated Web  
Accessibility or yet another problem for Web Accessibility? Will form  
based and highly graphical interfaces excluded disabled users from  
creation, expression and social networking? What problems exist, what  
are the upcoming problems, what solutions are required? What about  
the accessibility of the content designed and created by surfers?  
Finally, what effect will this have on the wider Web? We pose the  
question: What happens when surfers become authors and designers?

In this case topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

     * Investigations focused on Template Based Technology;
     * User Experimentation looking at Social Networking and Freedom  
of Expression;
     * GUI and Form investigations with regard to access;
     * How Wikis and Blogging Tools effect accessibility of content  
     * Evaluation and Validation tools and techniques for Wiki and  
Blogging tools;
     * Web Content Creation Tools;
     * Web Authoring Guidelines;
     * Design and best practice to support Web accessibility;
     * Technological advances to support Web accessibility;
     * End user tools;
     * Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation  
techniques, and tools;
     * Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios;
     * Innovative techniques to support accessibility;
     * Universally accessible graphical design approaches;
     * Design Perspectives;
     * Adapting existing Web content; and
     * Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.

The W4A Web Accessibility Challenge Sponsored by Microsoft
The W4A Web Accessibility Challenge Sponsored by Microsoft 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. This year, we would like to  
focus on the technologies for "one world, one Web".
The W4A 2008 "Web accessibility challenge" aims to gather innovative  
accessibility technologies for rich Internet applications,  
collaboration services, collective intelligence systems, real-time  
collaboration systems, location aware systems, multilingual web  
sites, local language input methods and other systems invented for  

For further information on submissions, participation and awards,  
please refer to:

We will accept position and technical papers, and short  
communications. Position papers should only be submitted as a  
communication of (upto 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  


Notes for LaTeX users:
Ensure your submission is formatted for Letter paper.
All authors should be listed on the front page.

Microsoft Word:

More information on the style files and submission procedure can be  
found at:

Please submit documents via the conference website (http://

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

W4A 2008 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences  
Steering Committee (IW3C2)

Programme Committee
Julio Abascal - University of the Basque Country, Spain.
Margherita Antona - ICS-FORTH, Greece.
Chieko Asakawa - IBM, Japan.
Helen Ashman - The University of South Australia, Australia.
Armando Barreto - Florida International University, USA.
Giorgio Brajnik - Universitá di Udine, Italy.
Catherine Brys - University of Strathclyde, UK.
Sofia Celic - Vision Australia, Australia.
Michael Cooper - W3C, USA.
David Duce - Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Becky Gibson - IBM Emerging Internet Technologies, USA.
Brian Kelly - UKOLN, UK.
Richard E. Ladner - University of Washington, USA.
Laura Leventhal - Bowling Green State University, USA.
Christina Li - BBC/, UK.
Zhengjie Liu - Dalian Maritime University, China.
Klaus Miesenberger - University of Linz, Austria.
David G. Novick - The University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
Zeljko Obrenovic - CWI, Netherlands
Helen Petrie - University of York, UK.
Enrico Pontelli - New Mexico State University, USA.
IV Ramakrishnan - State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.
Gustavo H. Rossi - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
Paola Salomoni - Universitá di Bologna, Italy.
Andrew Sears - UMBC, USA.
Cynthia Shelly - Microsoft, USA.
Robert Stevens - University of Manchester, UK.
Hironobu Takagi - IBM Research, Japan.
Shari Trewin - IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA.
Olga De Troyer - VUB, Belgium.
Douglas Tudhope - University of Glamorgan, Wales - UK.
Takayuki Watanabe - Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan.
Mary Zajicek - Oxford Brookes University, UK.

General Chair
Yeliz Yesilada
Information Management Group,
University of Manchester,


Programme Chair
David Sloan
School of Computing
University of Dundee

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