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[Archived] Call for Papers:
Online Symposium on Website Accessibility Metrics

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The W3C/WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) will hold an online symposium on measuring website accessibility and invites your contribution. The goal of this symposium is to bring researchers and practitioners together to scope the extent and magnitude of existing website accessibility metrics, and to develop a roadmap for future research and development in the field. The symposium will be held on 5 December 2011; paper deadline closed on 1 November 2011.

See the main Website Accessibility Metrics page for:


We invite extended research abstracts of no more than 1000 words from academia, industry, and others with interest in website accessibility metrics and quality assurance. We encourage concise contributions that are scientifically sound with appropriate references. We specifically seek reports and guides, which can be theoretical or practical in nature, that will help us to form our opinions and educate future readers. Papers should follow the template provided to clearly explain:

Review Process

Contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, and each paper will get at least three independent reviews, based on criteria including relevance, clarity, soundness and power of the arguments, generality of results/claims, novelty. Papers will be accepted based on this critieria and space availability. Accepted papers will be published - in an attributable form - as part of the proceedings and in the ensuing publication (RDWG Publications and RDWG Practice for Writership and Credits). Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work during the symposium.

Paper Requirements

Papers (of no more than 1000 words) must be provided in accessible HTML in the template provided. No modifications to this template or additional styling is permitted to facilitate amalgamation of the contributions into a consolidated publication.

Paper submission closed on 1 November 2011 (midnight US Eastern Time).

Copyright Policy

Accepted papers will be published - in attributable form - as part of the proceedings and in the ensuing publication, which will be published using the W3C Document License. Contributors shall grant W3C a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license to copy, publish, use, and modify the contribution and to distribute the contribution under a BSD License or one with more restrictive terms, as well as a right and license of the same scope to any derivative works prepared by the W3C and based on, or incorporating all or part of the contribution. The Contributor further agrees that any derivative works of this contribution prepared by the W3C shall be solely owned by the W3C.

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