OZeWAI 2004

OZeWAI 2004

(Australian Web Accessibility Initiative)

1, 2 and 3 December 2004 at La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria.


Accessibility: what can we do with what we’ve got?

Keynote Speakers

Name Position

Jutta Treviranus

Director, Resource Centre for Academic Technology (RCAT) and Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) University of Toronto, Chair: W3C ATAG Working Group, IMS Accessibility Special Interest Group, etc.

Dey Alexander

Usability Consultant, Monash University (Monash)

Papers and slides are now being added to website. A log of all sessions is available at http://acc-logs.jibbering.com/2004-12-01.html. The log starts rather abruptly during a question session. The papers are slides are not all fully accessible yet.

Main themes

Inaccessibility is what happens when there is a mis-match between a user and what they are trying to access. How do we get the matches right? It is no longer just a matter of working on making better content, especially as the responsibility is not only for one’s own content. There are other stages of the process of concern and accessibility specialists are involved in the whole process from content creation to user presentation. What can we do with the content and tools we now have to maximise accessibility?

There has been enough time for a significant amount of experience to be accumulated and we invite those with experiences, good and bad, to share their experiences in one of the many forms of activities we have at the OZeWAI conference. There has been some interesting research. We are keen to have those who do this research sharing their findings with others. There is a lot of free, reliable software out there that you could be using to solve some accessibility problems.

The following topics are suggested:

  • auditing for standards compliance
  • auditing for accessibility
  • repairing inaccessible content
  • managing auditing and repairing activities
  • discovering accessible content
  • replacing inaccessible with accessible content
  • and more.

Special themes for 2004

This year we will stream proposals for two special themes:

  • e-government and accessibility for Day 1, December 1
  • e-education and accessibility for Day 2, December 2

Late Proposals

We are keen to have a wide range of presentations and workshops and especially to have up-to-date presentations. If you wish to make a late submission, please review the detailed list of possibilities for proposals and see how to submit your proposal.

General Themes and Streams

We always try to plan for the participants we expect to join us. The following list is not exhaustive but should be helpful:

* techies
We always like to support the techie folk. Accessibility does depend upon the expertise of technical people and we are keen to ensure that OZeWAI is a good forum for exchange between members of this class
* exhibitors
Yes – we like the trade – we cannot solve the accessibility problems without the tools and expertise they offer and we would like to see more participation on the part of those who can offer solutions to those with the problems
* educators
A significant number of people working in the field of accessibility are also within the educational domain. This year we will continue the practice of having a stream of events designed especially for this community. We will be encouraging senior administrators, managers, designers and the technical teams to join us.
* researchers
Accessibility is a fairly new field. There is some exciting research being done and the results are sometimes surprising. Papers that report this research are welcomed. Where papers have already been published elsewhere, presenters might like to submit a short paper to present their work in this forum.
* managers
Just how critical is good management to accessibility? We appreciate that it is crucial but also that often managing the associated activities means working in a new domain for those responsible. This stream is designed to help managers and those responding to managers’ concerns. Managers often want to know what they should know, what they should do, what they should expect others to do, and how much it will all cost.
* users and ideas people!
Without both these, nothing would work!

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Programme Committee

All papers and other proposals are reviewed by the OZeWAI international review panel. They look for new, interesting and useful contributions in a range of forms that will be appealing and satisfying to OZeWAI participants. Full papers are refereed according to DEST standards, with the authors not being told the identity of their referees.

  • Chair: Liddy Nevile, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Dey Alexander, Monash University, Australia
  • Andrew Arch, Vision Australia Foundation, Australia
  • Peter Batchelor, Internet Technology Services, Australia
  • Helle Bjarnø, Visual Impairment Knowledge Centre, Denmark
  • Suzanne Currie, Navman NZ Limited, New Zealand
  • Andy Heath, Sheffield-Hallam University, UK
  • Charles McCathieNevile, SWAD-EU, W3C, Sidar Foundation
  • Robert Pedlow, Telstra Research, Australia
  • Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH/NCAM, USA
  • Gian Sampson-Wild, Purple Top, Australia
  • Jason White, University of Melbourne, Australia

Conference format

OZeWAI 2003 offered hands-on workshops, plenary presentations, informal work sessions, research reports, ‘problem sharing’ sessions and a ‘continuous evaluation laboratory’. OZeWAI 2004 will have even more participatory events to ensure everyone has practical experiences as well as theoretical and more formal occasions. The venue is ideal for small group discussion and the program, with lunches and dinners included, will provide opportunities for participants to interact with presenters informally. La Trobe University has on-campus accommodation (see below).

Conference costs

We offer one, two or three full days with presentations, workshops, including hands-on workshops, a reception, a formal dinner and a wind-up cocktail – as well as lunches and coffee/tea etc.

Costs: $400 for full registration, $300 for student registration, and $150 for daily registration (incl GST.). These costs include all activities of the day or registration, even the reception, dinner, etc. Early birds will register for $15 less than their later friends.


La Trobe University’s Menzies College offers specially priced, on-campus accommodation for OZeWAI participants.

Important dates for 2004

Links: OZeWAI home page | contact | registration | venue | accommodation | programme

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