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This page contains draft content for the Challenge.gov site for recruiting submissions to the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring, for easier authoring of accessible Web content.
Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring
Do you have accessible Web components for making websites work well for people with disabilities? Share your templates, widgets, gadgets and controls for producing accessible websites!
- Science & Technology
- Lead agency: Federal Communication Commission
- Partner agency: CIO Council
- Non-government partner: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Where enter submissions?
On the Challenge.gov site
Accessibility of the web is essential for people with disabilities. Accessibility is a requirement for many websites, for instance under Disability Discrimination Acts in various countries, as well as Section 508 in the United States. We challenge you to share your accessible templates, widgets, and other web components so that others can more easily make websites accessible for people with disabilities. Winning submissions will be available through the "Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring" (website forthcoming).
- Templates are content patterns that can be filled in by authors, or by the authoring tool itself, for easier production of accessible Web content.
- Widgets are scripts that enable interactive functions, such as expandable navigation menus, sliders, and image carousels on Web sites.
Please browse through these sample accessible templates and widgets and this wish-list to learn more about the kinds of templates and widgets that we would like have in the Gallery. We also welcome submissions of templates and widgets that are not listed here, and suggestions of additional templates and widgets to add to the wish-list.
We ask that you test the accessibility of your submissions before sending them to us. We will do additional tests after you submit them. Templates and widgets that are accessible and that support the production of accessible web content will be included in a “Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring.” The gallery contents will be freely available for any web developers to use on websites.
How to Enter
- Eligibility for accepted submissions is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements in this "How to Enter" section and in the “Rules” section.
- An applicant may be an individual or an organization. An individual may participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, nonprofit organization, or government agency or ministry. Applicants may make multiple submissions.
- Participation in this Challenge constitutes the Applicant's full and unconditional agreement to these rules. All decisions are final and binding with regard to all matters related to the Challenge. There are no prizes offered for this challenge. Accepted submissions will be included within the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring.
- The Challenge Submission Period begins at 12:00 AM US Eastern Daylight Time, (@@tbd) and ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Daylight Time, (@@tbd) (the "Challenge Submission Period"). Accepted submissions will be announced during or after the submission period.
- The judges will particularly looking for creative, effective, and aesthetic applications of accessible design to interactive functions on websites. Visit the sample accessible templates and widgets to learn more about what we are looking for. We may update the wish-list periodically, but also welcome submissions of items not on the wish-list.
- Verify that you have test the accessibility of your submissions by performing these pre-checks.
- Provide a 25 to 50 word description of what your accessible template or widget does and include it with your submission.
- While we encourage submitting additional materials that explain how your submission works, please note that judges will have limited time to review each submission, so please keep your materials brief. Longer materials might not be reviewed.
- Please submit templates or widgets individually unless they are part of library or packaged solution, in which case also provide a brief description of the package of submissions in addition to individual descriptions.
- In addition to submitting a copy, please host your submission during the evaluation period, send us the URL, and ensure that evaluators have easy access to the submission.
- Please let us know if questions.
Verify that your submission meets the following basic rules and criteria:
- Verify that you (the submitter) have the legal right to submit this work, and that you will remain the ongoing contact.
- Specify the license under which the material can be used by others (for instance, GPL, LGPL, MIT, MPL, W3C Software License, or other OSI-approved licenses). Note that we are particularly interested in the re-usability of your submission; other licenses including Public Domain may be possible, but may extend our review time for a submission.
- Verify that this submission is free of virus or malware.
- Verify that if your submission is accepted, that you will provide a copy of the resource to be hosted on a server used by the Grab and Go Gallery.
- Verify that your submission will remain available for a minimum of three years after submission. Commitments of longer availability will be looked upon favorably by the evaluators.
- Commitment to address bugs that may be identified by gallery participants, and to notify the gallery of any updates to available versions, will be looked upon favorably.
- A submission may be disqualified if it does not function as explained in the description.
- Applicants may withdraw their Submissions from the Challenge upon notice to the Administrator prior to the announcement of accepted submissions.
- Entry Conditions, Indemnification, and Release. By entering, each Contestant agrees to release the FCC, CIO Council, and W3C (the "Released Parties") from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a Contestant’s entry, creation or submission of an entry, participation in the Challenge, acceptance, use or misuse of prize or recognition (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance or use of an entry. Each Contestant also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Released Parties against any and all claims, expenses, fees and liabilities, including those forms of liabilities referred to above, arising out of or relating to a Contestant's entry, creation or submission of an entry, participation in the Challenge, acceptance, use or misuse of prize or recognition (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance or use of an entry.
- General Conditions. All decisions by the FCC are final and binding with regard to all matters related to the Challenge. The FCC reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it. The FCC reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or to be acting in violation of these rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal and civil law. Failure to enforce any term of these rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Challenge is subject to all applicable US federal laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.
- Disclaimer -- Limitations of Liability. The FCC, CIO Council, and W3C are not responsible for:
- any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Applicants, printing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge;
- technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software;
- unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Challenge;
- technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Challenge or the processing of entries; or
- any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contestant's participation in the Challenge or receipt, use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason a Contestant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Contestant's sole remedy is another entry in the Challenge. The acceptance of a submission does not constitute endorsement of a specific product by evaluators of this challenge.
- Copyright/Intellectual Property.
- Original Work: Each Contestant warrants that he or she either is the sole author and owner of the Submission, or has the authority of the other authors to submit it; and that the Submission is either wholly original with the Contestant, or is an improved version of existing work that the submitter has sufficient rights to use, including the substantial improvement of existing work; and that it does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the Contestant is aware; and that it is free of malware.
- Submission Rights: Each Contestant grants to the FCC, CIO Council, and W3C an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy for use, distribute, perform publicly, and display publicly, for the purpose of the Challenge, for a period of three years after the announcement of winners. This license includes permission to post or link to the Submission from the Challenge.gov, and the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring, making it available for use by the public.
- Privacy. If you choose to provide personal information by registering or filling out the submission form through the website, that information may be used to respond to you in matters regarding your submission and for promoting the Challenge. Information is not collected for commercial marketing.
- Choice of Law and Forum. These terms shall be governed by US federal law to the extent applicable.
- Complete Agreement and Severability. These terms represent the complete agreement among the FCC, the CIO Council, W3C, and the Applicant. No representations by any person, whether oral or written, shall have any binding effect. To the extent any of these terms are found invalid or unenforceable, the remaining terms shall continue in effect to the extent feasible.
There are no cash prizes for this challenge. Winning submissions will be posted in the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring (website forthcoming).
The judging panel will be made up of Web accessibility experts and will be announced.
- Essential: Accessible design, according to "Testing Your Submissions for Accessibility" and additional accessibility tests that we may perform.
- Bonus: Effective, aesthetic, useful, and innovative design.
- Have you read the how to enter, rules, and criteria sections?
- Have you visited the sample accessible templates and widgets, and looked through the "Wishlist"?
- Have you tested your submission for accessibility?
- Have you provided a 25 to 50 word description?
- Have you sent us your submission, and also the Web address of your locally hosted submission?
- Have you verified that you have the legal right to submit this work, and let us know the license under which the material can be used by others?
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Start: (@@tbd) , 12:00am US Eastern Daylight Time End: (@@tbd) , 2011, 11:56pm US Eastern Daylight Time
Judging period: Submissions will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, with accepted submissions announced during and after the submission period.
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