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Call for Papers: Online Symposium on Mobile Accessibility

The W3C/WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) will hold an online symposium on mobile accessibility. Mobile devices are widely used, especially for accessing web pages. However, there are many accessibility challenges associated with mobile devices and this symposium aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to scope the extent and magnitude of existing mobile accessibility, and to develop a roadmap for future research and development in the field. In brief, the following three topics will be the focus of this symposium:

  • The technical challenges in terms of API, platform, browser, and web content accessibility;
  • How existing WAI guidelines cover mobile accessibility and what additional guidance is needed. What coverage can additional WCAG 2.0 Techniques provide?
  • New interaction models such as touch interfaces and their accessibility.

The symposium will be held in May 2012(tentative); paper deadline closed on 18 April 2012.


We invite extended research abstracts of no more than 1000 words. 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:

  • the problem they tried to solve;
  • on which previous work (no matter the domain) was the proposed approach based;
  • how the problem was addressed; what major hurdles were found in the process;
  • what were the main outcomes, lessons learned, and mistakes made;
  • what future perspectives did this work open.

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 18 April 2012 (midnight US Eastern Time).

Important Dates

  • 18 April 2012: deadline for paper submissions.
  • April 2012(tentative): notification of accepted papers and announcement of symposium agenda.
  • May 2012(tentative): online symposium event (expected between 12:00-16:00 UTC).
  • (to be determined): symposium proceedings (minutes, presentations, and papers from the symposium).
  • (to be determined): draft consolidated findings (in form of a W3C Note) for for public review.
  • (to be determined): publication of consolidated findings (in form of a W3C Note).


Online Symposium on Mobile Accessibility is organized by the W3C/WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG).

Symposium Chairs

Scientific Committee