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Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y

drafted by Janina Sajka; posted 17 September 2007

Section 1: CSUN Requirements

Note: Requirements are taken from the Requirements for Submissions to CSUN2008 document, available online.

Notes on Title of Paper

  • Limit the title to 12 words or less. (Longer title will be edited.)
  • The title of the paper must be concise and descriptive.
  • It must accurately describe the content of the paper.
  • Use of “catchy phrases” is not permitted.

1-2 Sentence Descriptive Abstract

It is vital that the 25 word description reflect the content of the presentation. The abstract should include the basic content of the proposed session, the method for information delivery, and the source of the information. This abstract will be printed in the conference program. Please note, abstracts may be edited for length at the discretion of the conference organizers.


This Open A11y panel will discuss, and gather additional requirements for its proposed interface specification to facilitate plugins to AT for enhanced knowledge domain accessibility.

Types of Session

Choose one type of session that best describes your proposal.

  • Macintosh Computer Lab
  • PC Computer Lab
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-On
  • Lecture
  • Panel Discussion

Equipment (CSUN Submission Notes)

Please note all session rooms are set theater style (chairs only), and are equipped with a projection screen, a color projection unit, one lavaliere microphone, and one hand held microphone. The following technology maybe requested:

  • Windows PC
  • Apple PC
  • Internet Access
  • NTSC Format VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Easel, Pad, and Markers

Presenters of accepted labs will be contacted by conference staff no later then Friday November 30, 2008 about lab setup. If equipment is not listed, it is the responsibility of the presenter to acquire.

Length of Session

Session lengths are 30, 60, and 120 minutes. 60 minute sessions are open to all varities of session. Only exhibitors may choose 30 minute sessions.

Only presenters of labs may choose 120 minute sessions.

Level of Session

Carefully choose one level that best meets the typical audience for your subject matter.

  • Beginner
    • For those just entering the field of assistive technology and have little or no experience in the field.
  • Intermediate
    • For those who have been working in the field of assistive technology for 5 years + and have a general understanding and knowledge of AT.
  • Advanced
    • For those that are considered very knowledgeable in the topic area covered.

Selecting a Topic Track

Choose one topic that best fits your proposal:

  1. AAC
  2. Aging and Disability
  3. Blind/Low Vision
  4. Cognitive Disabilities
  5. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  6. Employment
  7. Internet/WWW
  8. K-12 Education
  9. Learning Disabilities
  10. Legal Issues
  11. Postsecondary Education
  12. Psychiatric Disabilities
  13. Other

CSUN Submission Formatting Notes

Each proposal submission must include an electronic copy of the proposal summary. Accepted formats are:

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Microsoft Word Document (DOC)
  • Corel WordPerfect Document (WPD,WP,WP5,WP6)
  • UTF-8 or ASCII Text File (TXT)

Proposal Summary

Session Level





'60 Minute session

Proposed Title

Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y

Proposed Abstract

This Open A11y panel will discuss, and gather additional requirements for its proposed interface specification to facilitate plugins to AT for enhanced knowledge domain accessibility.

Proposed Prose

Generalized content markup (such as HTML) is complimented by markup specifications that facilitate more semantically precise content markup. Examples of specialized, semantically precise markup include MathML and MusicXML. Assistive technology (AT) typically handles generalized content markup, but does not know about specialized markup. Because of this, users of AT are unable to access or navigate specialized markup effectively.

The Open A11y Expert Handlers A11y is exploring a standardized plug-in mechanism to AT software. The goal of this plug-in standard is to allow AT software to take advantage of expert software that understands specialized markup. This plug-in standard will allow the expert software to provide enhanced, semantically rich access to specialized markup so that the AT can properly render (visually, aurally, and/or tactilely) and help users navigate the semantic meaning encoded in the specialized markup.

The Open A11y Expert Handlers SIG has gathered use cases and developed requirements for proposed plugin specifications for:

  • Braille
  • Speech
  • Magnification
  • Navagability

In this session the panel will explain its work to date and invite comments on its work from the audience.

(Note: Janina will re-work/expand last paragraph and post it to the handlers list after finalizes main A11y CSUN 2008 Proposal; please notify Janina during the day, Wednesday, 20 September 2007, to confirm whether or not you will be able to attend as a panelist)

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