W4A 2011       

28th & 29th March 2011 • Hyderabad • Andhra Pradesh • India

    

2011 Submissions

Timeline 2011

All finish at Midnight Hawaii Standard Time.

  • 10-Jan-2011 TECHNICAL and COMMUNICATION SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
  • 26-Jan-2011 AUTHOR REBUTTAL PERIOD BEGINS
  • 31-Jan-2011 CHALLENGE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
  • 31-Jan-2011 AUTHOR REBUTTAL ENDS
  • 07-Feb-2011 DECISIONS - ALL SUBMISSIONS
  • 18-Feb-2011 ALL CAMERA READY COPY DUE
  • 28-Mar-2011 CONFERENCE DAY 1
  • 29-Mar-2011 CONFERENCE DAY 2

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 inaccessible?

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 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
IW3C2 Endorsment ACM Supported Microsoft Supported IBM Supported Google Supported Zakon Supported

This years W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its Special Interest Groups SIGWEB and SIGCHI. The general conference is supported by IBM Research, Microsoft, and Google, while the Web Accessibility Challenge is specifically sponsored by Microsoft, and the Student Awards are specifically sponsored by a Google.

You can also find us indexed in the ACM DL and DBLP, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Lanyrd, Flickr, SlideShare, and Interaction-design.org.

Don't be Deterred!

While Crowdsourcing the Cloud is this years 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.

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