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W4A 2013 - International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility

Date2013-05-13 - 2013-05-15


VenueRio de Janeiro, Brazil Brazil



Topics/Call fo Papers

The WHO defines disability as “a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives”. Web Accessibility should address this interaction aspect of “disability” so that a wide range of problems are tackled.
While the need for and usage of assistive technologies may raise barriers that hinder the perception, the understanding, and the operation of the Web, other barriers may be caused by technological and situational impairments; think, for example, of people with low vision that use a tablet rather than an interactive board or a desktop. Depending on the device used, the range of barriers being faced may vary. One could use assistive technologies to enhance the capabilities of a PC, a tablet or a smartphone; but one could also rely on desktop browsers on very large screens, interactive TVs, Web kiosks, gaming consoles, Web browsers in cars or gym equipment, interactive boards, tangible and natural user interfaces, or more esoteric devices. Due to particular interaction modalities, access to information or interactive services may be hindered or even prevented; due to the quantity and richness of information and services, ability to process information may be reduced; due to infrastructure (e.g., cellular networks in under-developed lands), certain services may become unusable; due to contingent factors, everybody can become situationally impaired; due to cultural or language differences, emotional or language barriers may ensue. In each of these situations, decoupling user interfaces from backend services could enhance interoperability both for people who rely on assistive technologies and those who don’t, improving the quality of the experience regardless of one’s own devices.
We welcome therefore papers that explore these issues and their technological or methodological counterparts in the context of the Web, papers that assess solutions, that show similarities or differences between approaches, or that evaluate and compare methods and tools.
As a result, topics of interests include (but are not limited to):
Accessibility-related issues of using one’s own devices
Developing accessible user interfaces for different devices
Coping with different interaction modalities
Web authoring guidelines and tools
Mobile accessibility
User modeling and the adaptive Web
Adaptation and transformation of existing Web content
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
Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.
Don’t be Deterred!
While ‘Bring Your Own Device’ is this year theme, please don’t be deterred if this somewhat unique area is not yours. We would like to see all quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the particular field within accessibility. The overriding reason for a paper being accepted is its high quality in relation to the broad area of Web Accessibility.
Important Dates
All Submissions Close (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time): 15-Feb-2013
Author Rebuttal Period Ends (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time): 08-Mar-2013
All Decisions: 20-Mar-2013
All Final Versions: 27-Mar-2013

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