W4A 2011 - Preliminary Call for Papers

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W4A 2011 - Preliminary Call for Papers

Yeliz Yesilada
The Eigth International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web
Accessibility (W4A 2011)

'Crowdsourcing the Cloud: An Inclusive Web by All and For All?'

Co-Located with the Twentieth International World Wide Web Conference
(WWW2011), in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, 28-29 March 2011.

Important Dates

10 Jan 2011 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

31 Jan 2011 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

07 Feb 2011 (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time)

More details: <http://www.w4a.info/2011/submissions/dates.shtml>

Keynote Speakers
To be announced.

The conference proceedings will be published as part of the ACM
International Conference Proceedings Series and will be available at
the ACM Digital Library. Selected authors will be invited to submit
extended versions of their paper for publication in a Journal to be

Topics and Content
Cloud-computing is the technological paradigm where computing
resources are distributed over the Internet. This way, the browser
becomes the interface to access services and applications with almost
unlimited storage capacity and processing power. Cloud-computing and
the applications deployed over it facilitate collective intelligence
and crowdsourcing phenomena, where millions of users can contribute to
a common goal. Following these approaches, a number of successful
projects that focus on web accessibility have been released in recent
years. These developments range from platforms to collectively
removing accessibility barriers to making assistive technologies
widespread and available for all. These preliminary approaches such as
online screen-readers and accessibility repairing applications have
yielded promising results towards an inclusive web by removing both
economical and accessibility barriers. In order to develop the cloud
to its full potential as far as accessibility is concerned, there are
still several research questions that should address the weak points
and challenges in a timely manner in order to create an inclusive Web.

Will crowdsourcing the cloud lead us to an inclusive Web by all and
for all? Will crowdsourcing the cloud remove accessibility barriers
for all? Will crowdsourcing the cloud make the Web accessible or

 From this point of view, W4A 2011 is interested in the following
topics in particular (but not exclusively!):

* Cloud computing based assistive technologies
* Deployment, acceptance and scalability issues of cloud computing  
accessibility tools
* Tools for collaborative accessibility testing
* Tools to collectively repair accessibility problems
* Empirical studies and data analysis of crowdsourcing for accessibility
* Cooperative authoring tools
* Quality assurance of crowdsourcing generated content
* Methodologies for crowdsourcing procedures for accessibility
* 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  
* 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

While cloud computing and crowdsourcing are this year's 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.

We will accept position and technical papers, and short
communications. Position papers should only be submitted as a
communication of (up to 4-pages) whereas technical papers should be in
full paper format (up to 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

Submission details are available at:

Microsoft Web Accessibility Challenge
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, the "Web Accessibility Challenge"
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.  More details:

Google Student Awards

The Second "Student Awards Programme", sponsored since 2010 by Google,
is organised to give an opportunity to high quality students with
limited funding to attend the W4A Conference. Thanks to generous
sponsorship from Google, two awards, each of up to US$1200, are
available to support students to attend W4A 2011. We now invite
applications from interested students.

W4A 2011 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences
Steering Committee (IW3C2)

General Chair
Leo Ferres, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Email: <gc-2011-at-w4a.info>

Programme Chairs
Julio Abascal, UPV/EHU, Spain;
Markel Vigo, CICtourGUNE, Spain.

Email: <[hidden email]>

Challenge Chairs
Rui Lopes, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Paola Salomoni, University of Bologna, Italy

Email: <[hidden email]>

Student Awards
Jeffrey P. Bigham, University of Rochester, USA.
Yevgen Borodin, Stony Brook University, USA.

Email: <[hidden email]>

Programme Committee
To be announced.

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