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WAI Research and Development Symposia


WAI Research and Development symposia bring together researchers, practitioners, and users with disabilities interested in a particular aspect of web accessibility to advance research and development in that area.

The online symposia typically include a panel with the authors of accepted papers, and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Symposia proceedings, transcript, and a report are available publicly online afterward (listed below).

To get notification of future symposia and publications, see Getting WAI Announcements.

About RDWG

The symposia are organized by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Research and Development Working Group (RDWG).

RDWG helps:

For more information, see the RDWG FAQ.

To submit ideas for future RWDG work, send e-mail to the publicly-archived mailing list: public-wai-rd@w3.org

Past and Upcoming Symposia

Easy-to-Read on the Web Symposium
Upcoming 2012 symposium.
Text Customization for Readability - Text Symposium information symposium page
Upcoming 2012 symposium to explore the needs of people with low vision, dyslexia, and other conditions that impact reading, and provide guidance to help user agent developers, standards developers, policy makers, web designers, and others to include specific text customization functionality in mainstream web products.
Mobile Accessibility - Mobile Proceedings symposium page, (Mobile Research Report expected late 2012)
June 2012 symposium to explore mobile accessibility challenges and solutions, and to develop a roadmap for future research and development.
Website Accessibility Metrics - Metrics Research Report technical report, Metrics Proceedings symposium page
December 2011 symposium to scope the extent and magnitude of existing website accessibility metrics, and to develop a roadmap for future research and development in the field.
Making Collaboration Technologies Accessible - Collaboration Proceedings
April 2003 symposium on making collaboration technologies accessible to people with disabilities.