A website that models what we mean about universal design

I'm addicted to the website TED Talks. These folks offer such a comprehensive array of informative discussions on topics across technology, entertainment and design. But, I love them even more as I appreciate their design and functionality...offering the clickable ease to turn on/off subtitles in a range of languages.
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Perspectives on the digital conversation

While digging into the digital universe for some resources, I bumped upon this great site. Several articles caught my attention and I thought worthy of sharing. One discusses the growing concern over the digital divide, http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2007/01/your-guide-to-the-digital-divide017.html. These authors offer a great synopsis of the problem especially in light of how many people are still disenfranchised by their digital access to the web or their inability to use the Web 2.0. A dig dee...
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Which browser offers the most?

This month I was reading an article in the Washington Post (11/2/2008) entitled, "Which web browser do you click with?". Quite an informative article, this author took the opportunity to review six popular web browsers often used in today's market including: Google Chrome, Firefox, Flock, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. The last in this list, Safari, provides the browser for most Apple/Mac users and highlights the numerous features this browser offers like private browsing and a simple desi...
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The universal design of today’s web 2.0 tools

Last week I sat in on a wonderful discussion of social media tools. The presenter contrasted a range of tools including blogs, wikis, You Tube, Twitter, and wikipedia. As he noted, his intention was to sample this "social media buffet". As an eager student of this growing phenomena, I was mesmerized by his discussion. The power of how these tools continue to be shaped for sharing information and conversation is truly amazing. For example, another professor remarked that her freshmen students not...
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Web designs that help us locate information

Web design and usability author Steve Krug does a nice job of discussing the importance of good web designs. In his book, "Don't Make Me Think", Krug expounds on the importance of clean navigation, clear purpose, and concise language. As he notes, most users come to our websites to find what they need and essentially "satisfice". I'm reminded of his wise words when I stumble into a Facebook page -- cluttered with varied boxes of information, advertisements, and in many instances --lots of pictu...
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The value of desktop organization

Recently I sat with a colleague as they worked on their computer. We were collaborating on a document and using the typical multi-tasking features and functionality of multiple open programs. When I glanced at her desktop I was amazed at the volume of icons that populated that small space. For me, those multiple icons presented a huge visual distraction. Of course I am one that appreciates a pattern in organization. For my friend, these multiple icons provided a visual reminder of what remained ...
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