Symposium on The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents

Call for Participation
The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Monday, 27 July 2020
Cambria Hotel, Rockville, MD USA

Contribute a paper on a topic related to The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents

If you have experience with XML and accessibility, whether as a user, creator, sponsor, or someone who has to write software to support it, we’re interested in hearing from you!

Topics for these peer-reviewed papers might include, but are not limited to:

Assume that the audience is familiar with:

We want in-depth presentations. We want technical details. We want to hear about what works, what doesn't work, and how we can/should go about making documents more accessibile in the context of XML. We do not want yet another introduction to what accessability is and why it matters.

The Balisage audience is technical, critical, and highly invested in quality. Successful presentations to this audience are technical and detailed. Successful speakers at Balisage have their hands in data, programs, or processes on a day to day basis. We are far more intersted in hearing from an engineer who may have limited speaking skills but can answer detailed questions than a Vice President of Marketing who may be a polished speaker but is unable to answer detailed technical questions.

Just Ask

Email: for help, advice, or encouragement about a Balisage submission.
Wonder if your idea will make an appropriate Balisage paper? Ask us! Unsure if the people at Balisage would be interested in the work you are doing? We'll be happy to discuss it with you! Need help making your paper into XML as required for submission? Speak up; we'll find someone to help.


  • 20 March 2020 — Peer review applications due
  • 3 April 2020 — Paper submissions due
  • 11 May 2020 — Speakers notified
  • 12 June 2020 — Late-breaking News submissions due
  • 19 June 2020 — Late-breaking News speakers notified
  • 3 July 2020 — Final papers due from presenters of peer reviewed papers
  • 3 July 2020 — Short paper or slide summary due from presenters of late-breaking news
  • 27 July 2020 — Pre-conference Symposium: The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents
  • 28 – 31 July 2020 — Balisage: The Markup Conference