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[Draft] Call for Papers


The W3C/WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) invites to share experiences, ongoing and planned R&D work related to the use of "Easy to Read" (e2r) language in Web Pages/Applications ("e2r Web") for an online symposium to be held on December 3, 2012. Paper submissions are due @@17or24 September 2012.

See the main Easy2Read Symposium (TBD) page for information about the symposium topic, particularly the:

  • Objectives (TBD), which includes the list of relevant topics
  • Scope (TBD), which provides information on a related symposium

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the symposium panel.

PLEASE NOTE: A prior symposium addresses the related topic of Text Customization for Readability highlighting issues like text size, text color and background color, font face, leading/line spacing, kerning, letter spacing, word spacing, line length, justification, and more for people with vision problems, dyslexia or other problems impacting on reading. The e2r Symposium will be planned in close connection with this Symposium to avoid overlapping and to allow cross-fertilization. To get notification of updated information on these and other RDWG symposia, see Getting WAI Announcements.

Paper Submission

We invite extended research abstracts of about 1000 words from researchers, practitioners, users, and others interested in easy2read. We encourage concise contributions that are scientifically sound with appropriate references. Papers should clearly explain the:

  • Problem addressed
  • Relevant background
  • Approach - how was the problem addressed, what methodologies were used, what strategies were pursued to address the problem
  • Challenges - major obstacles or difficulties found during the process or that could be encountered in the way forward
  • Outcomes
  • Future research

Papers of about 1000 words must be submitted in accessible, valid HTML in the template provided. (TBD)

Paper submission will close on @@17or24 September 2012 (midnight UTC).

Review Process

Contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee (TBD) and each paper will get at least three independent reviews for criteria including relevance, clarity, soundness and power of the arguments, understanding of user needs, and contribution to knowledge about text customization for readability. Papers will be accepted based on this criteria and space availability.

Copyright Policy

Accepted papers will be published in an attributable form as part of the symposium proceedings.
(For more information, see the FAQ sections RDWG Publications and RDWG Practice for Writership and Credits.)

Formalities: The Symposium Report will be published under the W3C Document License. Paper authors 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.

Important Dates

The following are approximate dates that may be modified.

  • 17or24 September 2012: Deadline for paper submissions
  • 9-15 October 2012: Author rebuttal period
  • 18 October 2012: Authors notified of conditional paper acceptance (with requests for edits if applicable)
  • 29 October 2012: Deadline for final publication-ready papers
  • 13 November 2012: Registration opens
  • 3 December: Online symposium event, probably 15:00-17:00 UTC
  • January 2013: Symposium proceedings published, including transcript
  • Early 2013: Symposium Report available for public review as a Working Draft.
  • Early 2013: Symposium Report published as a W3C Working Group Note.