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 and widgets 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
We challenge you to share your accessible templates and widgets, to enable designers and developers to more easily make websites accessible. Submitted web components that satisfy the criteria set forth in section 13 below will be judged as “winners” and will be displayed in the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring (Grab and Go Gallery) to be hosted by the CIO Council on CIO.gov. These accessible templates and widgets will be available at no cost and available for use by anyone building accessibility into web sites.
The FCC, CIO Council, and W3C have partnered to challenge innovators to help make the web more accessible for people with disabilities in support of our shared goals of increasing their access to modern communications services and technologies; empowering people with disabilities to communicate with anyone, anywhere, at any time; with access to education, jobs, and health care; and the ability to participate fully in our economy, democracy, and the daily life of society. Through developing this challenge, the FCC, CIO Council and W3C are working together to help make these benefits available to all people, regardless of hardware, software, network infrastructure, or disability.
The types of web authoring components we are looking for include templates and widgets. We strongly encourage submissions to be effective, aesthetic, useful and innovative.
- “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, image carousels on Web sites.
Details on making websites and web authoring tools accessible may be found on the W3C, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website.
We have provided some samples of accessible templates and widgets as well as a dynamic “wish-list” of accessible web authoring tools we seek for the Grab and Go Gallery on Accessible Web Authoring. These examples are by no means exhaustive and we encourage submissions of additional components, templates and widgets that are not listed here:
- [@@ Cleaning up descriptions of these five examples…]
- Example of a Fluid Demonstration that can go directly to an accessible caption tool for images.
- General information on Fluid Demonstrations.
- JQuery Widget Samples from AEGIS Project—Over a dozen different examples of accessible widgets for web submissions, implemented by The Paciello Group (TPG) and funded by AOL and AEGIS, and built with jQuery.
- ARIA Code Libraries: Datepicker
- @@WordPress widgets in a template wrapper
- @@John's templates
Examples of Wish-list items
Here are five examples of templates and widgets that we are seeking in a variety of languages and designs. Please visit the Gallery Wish-list for additional ideas about accessible templates and widgets that we are seeking. We will update this list periodically as accepted submissions are added to the Gallery. However, we are interested in a broad range of submissions so we also encourage you to submit templates and widgets that are not on this list.
- CAPTCHA: a widget that is often encountered when registering an account to access a secured site. The widget is generally some kind of puzzle to be solved, such as deciphering distorted text. Since the intent of a CAPTCHA is to be something that only humans can solve, it must work for people with a variety of disabilities (vision, hearing, and cognitive) without using the normal techniques for compatibility with assistive technology. (CAPTCHA site, ReCAPTCHA, Wikipedia on CAPTCHA, W3C/WAI on Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA)
- Lightbox pop-up: a widget that is often provided for viewing a collection of small images. When you select an image in the collection, the lightbox overlays the collection, displaying a larger version of the selected image, with controls for advancing forward and backwards in the collection. (Wikipedia on Lightbox Popup)
- Calendar date-picker: a widget that is often provided when completing a form that requires a date. Selecting the widget pops up a calendar page, generally the current month view, from which you can select a date that is inserted into the form field. Controls are provided to navigate to a different month or year.
- Embedded media player: a media player that is contained within a Web page for viewing an audio or video file. The player includes buttons to control the playing of the media (play, pause, stop, fast forward, and rewind), volume, display of closed captions, and support for audio descriptions.
- Nested navigation: a navigation template that allows multiple nested levels of navigation links oriented either vertically, as in a left side navigation bar, or horizontally, as in a banner navigation bar with drop down menus. At each level, selecting a link either expands to show more choices in the next sub-level or loads a new page if there are no more sub-levels. When a different link in the hierarchy is selected, the previous set of choices collapses and either another set of choices expands or the newly linked page is loaded.
Web components that we will include in the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring must be accessible to people with disabilities. Even though the judges will test your submissions, please submit only templates and widgets that you have pre-tested for accessibility. You must test the accessibility of your submissions by following the instructions on the W3C website. The judges will do additional tests on your submissions once you submit them.
Templates and widgets that are accessible and will be showcased on the 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.
- A Contestant may be an individual, an organization, or a partnership/coalition. An individual may participate on behalf of more than one team, corporation, nonprofit organization, or government agency or ministry. Contestants may make multiple submissions. Contestants do not need to be from the United States.
- Participation in this Challenge constitutes the Contestant'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, October 28, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Daylight Time, January 27, 2012 (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 submissions of accessible design to interactive functions on websites. Visit the sample accessible templates and widgets to learn more about what we are looking for. The Wish-List is may be updated periodically.
- Contestants shall verify in writing that they have tested the accessibility of your submission(s) by performing these pre-checks.
- Each Contestant shall provide a 25 to 50 word description of what their accessible template or widget does for each submission.
- While we encourage each Contestant to submit additional materials that explain how their submission works, please note that judges will have limited time to review each submission, so Contestants are asked to please keep your materials brief. Longer materials might not be reviewed.
- Contestants are asked to submit templates or widgets individually unless they are part of library or packaged solution, in which case, Contestants shall also provide a brief description (25 to 100 words) of the package of submissions in addition to individual descriptions.
- In addition to submitting a copy, Contestants shall host their submission during the evaluation period, send us the URL, and ensure that judges have easy access to the submission.
- Please let us know if you have questions or comments by sending an E-mail to GrabandGoGalleryChallenge@fcc.gov
Verify that your submission meets the following basic rules and criteria:
- The Contestant shall verify that they have the legal right to submit this work, and that the Contestant will remain the ongoing contact throughout the Challenge.
- The Contestant shall 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 the judges’ review time for a submission.
- Contestants shall verify that their submission is free of virus or malware.
- Contestants shall verify that if their submission is accepted, that they will provide a copy of the resource to be hosted on a server used by the Grab and Go Gallery for Accessible Web Authoring.
- Contestants shall verify that their submission will remain available for a minimum of three years after submission. Commitments of longer availability are strongly encouraged to achieve the purposes of this Challenge. Contestants shall provide a commitment to address any bugs and viruses that may be identified by gallery participants or judges, and to notify the gallery and judges of any updates to available versions.
- A Contestant’s submission may be disqualified if it does not function as explained in the description.
- Contestants may withdraw their Submission(s) 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 recognition 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 Contestants, human error, 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 recognition. If for any reason a Contestant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, the Contestant's sole remedy is another entry in the Challenge. The acceptance of a submission does not constitute endorsement of a specific product by judges 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 author(s) to submit it; that the Submission is either wholly original with the Contestant, or is an improved version of existing work that the Contestant has sufficient rights to use, including the substantial improvement of existing work; 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 and viruses.
- 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 an Contestant chooses to provide personal information by registering or filling out the submission form through the website, that information may be used to respond to the Contestant in matters regarding their 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 Contestant. 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 on Accessible Web Authoring to be hosted on the CIO Council website.
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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