* Sarah Horton is an instructional technology specialist at Dartmouth
College and is the author of 'Access by design: A guide to universal
usability for Web designers'.
* Aaron Leventhal is an IBM Web accessibility architect and is the
leader of the Mozilla Accessibility Project.
* Dr. Rhys Lewis is Chief Scientist for Volantis Systems Ltd. and is
the chair of the Device Independence Working Group (DIWG) of the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
* Donna Smillie is a senior Web accessibility consultant at the Royal
National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), UK.
* The workshop proceedings will be published as part of the ACM
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at
the ACM Digital Library.
* Selected papers will be invited to submit a revised version for
consideration for a special issue of the Springer Journal - Universal
Access in the Information Society (UAIS). These papers will go
through an additional reviewing process to ensure quality.
Topics and Content
We invite submissions for W4A 2004 addressing our current theme of
'Building the Mobile Web: Rediscovering Accessibility?'.
After the launch of the Mobile Web Initiative at the World Wide Web
Conference 2005 we are beginning to realise that, today, mobile Web
access suffers from interoperability and usability problems that make
the Web difficult to use. With the move to small screen size, low
bandwidth, and different operating modalities, technology is in
effect simulating the sensory and cognitive impairments experienced
by disabled users within the wider population of mobile device users.
In this our 3rd Workshop we ask the question:
'Is engineering, designing, and building for the mobile Web just
a rehash of the same old Web accessibility problems?'
We wish to bring together different communities working on similar
problems to share ideas, discuss overlaps, and make the fledging
mobile Web community aware of accessibility work that may have been
overlooked. We ask is designing for accessibility and small screened
devices really the same thing requiring the same solutions and can we
work together to solve these problems? What can the Mobile Web learn
from the Accessible Web and what resources created to support the
Accessible Web can be used by designers in their support of the
Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):
* Advances in Mobile Web technologies;
* Design and best practice to support the Mobile Web and accessibility:
* Technological advances to support web accessibility;
* End user tools;
* Accessibility and Mobile Web 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;
* Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.
Submission and Important Dates
We will accept both position and technical papers. Position papers
should only be in short paper format whereas technical papers can be
in short or long paper format. In addition to the technical session,
this year we are introducing a NEW best practice session (see details
below). The following style files must be used for submissions:
We encourage authors to submit concise technical papers between 8 and
12 pages. Short papers and position papers should not exceed 4 pages.
Please submit documents via the workshop website (http://www.w4a.info/).
*Submissions due: Monday 20th March 2006
*Notification for acceptance: Monday 17th April 2006
*Camera ready due: Monday 24th April 2006
*Workshop date: 22nd May 2006
Best Practice Session
This year we also invite best practice papers that explain
experiences of designing accessible pages or making existing pages
accessible. These papers aim to bridge the gap between research on
Web accessibility and best practice. Submissions for this session
need to be 2-4 pages long. If you are planning to submit papers for
this session, please inform the workshop chairs ([hidden email]) in
More information on the submission procedure can be found at: http://
Simon Harper, Yeliz Yesilada, and Carole Goble
Information Management Group,
University of Manchester,
MANCHESTER, M13 9PL, UK