Saturday, April 30, 2005


Youthtopia Hits 100 -- Resources for Accessibility and 508 Compliance

We've just added more than 60 links to our Accessibility Resources page:

Youthtopia Blog -- Resources About Web Standards, XHTML, CSS, Section 508, and more

... And more links to our Accessibility sites on
Youthtopia Accessibility BookMarks on

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Check for Broken Links with the W3C Link Checker

Now you can prevent those embarrassing broken links that give a 404 Error -- File Not Found.

Use this free Link Checker:
W3C Link Checker

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Accessibility Links Updated

Want to learn about Website Accessibility -- 508 and WAI -- or actually make your site accessible?

Start here, with our more than 25 links to important sites:

Youthtopia's Links About Accessibility on

Monday, April 25, 2005


Taming the Monster of Information Overload

Get R.I.C.H. Quick —
How to use "RSS Instant Content Harvesting"
to manage information overload

How can you harvest information from the boundless fields of the Internet, with maximum of efficiency and a minimum investment of your time? ... RSS -- Real Simple Syndication -- provides a near-perfect solution. What's so great about RSS? According to an article in the BBC News (February 20, 2004) "The most compelling use of RSS is that it lets users read dozens of websites, all on the same page. The sites can be scanned in seconds rather than having to be laboriously loaded individually." ... In three words: RSS saves time.
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Sunday, April 17, 2005


Essay — The Library Is Indispensable

On Reading
by Michael Pastore

Synchronicities -- meaningful coincidences -- always strike you at the most surprising times. crash0484 (16K)A few weeks ago, sitting in my living room, I was thinking about the fate of America's 117,000 public libraries, endangered species that might one day become extinct. There are some people who are not troubled by this notion, and claim that the public buildings might easily be replaced a massive online library with search engines that could access every book. At this grim thought I noticed my bookshelves trembling and swaying with an ominous intent.
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Friday, April 15, 2005


Tools: How to Use the Web Developer Extension

Here's an article that explains how to use the Web Developer Extension.

The Web Developer Extension for Mozilla-based Browsers


New Design for Youthtopia,com

Thanks to extraordinary user feedback from friends and colleagues, we have re-designed the Youthtopia Site.

Visit the new and easier to use site

Monday, April 11, 2005


Usability Nightmares According to Jakob Nielsen

Jakob Nielsen presents a grimly amusing article about the catastrophic effects of poor usability in many fields, especially medicine.

Medical Usability: How to Kill Patients Through Bad Design (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Friday, April 08, 2005


For Website Developers Interested in Accessibility

Here is an excellent site about web development and accessibility:

Juicy Studio; keeping developers informed

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


More Resources about Usability and Accessibility

A nice page of resources about Usability and Accessibility from the Crispen Family.

Web Building: Usability and Accessibility

Sunday, April 03, 2005


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Friday, April 01, 2005


Book Review — Web Designer's Reference

The human brain was not designed to clog itself with oceans of factoids such as XHTML attributes, which CSS tags are inherited, and the entity number for the em dash (it's 8212). Here was my problem: seven days ago I noticed huge gaps in the "Web Design" sections on my bookshelves. I have been lending web books to everybody: my wife for her new job; an 84-year-old friend named Harry (who is publishing his novel online); and the 14-year-old kid next door who wants to be a millionaire before he reaches the ripe age of 15. Bereft of books, tired of Googling, and feeling guilty about pestering the local library's reference staff — I needed to grab essential tidbits of information quickly, so as not to slow down my work. My old reference books were out on loan but fortunately (for my overworked cerebral cortex) my new books stayed at home. For the past week I have been opening and closing the four supplementary chapters of Web Designer's Reference more than I opened and closed my refrigerator door. It took me a whole week to realize that this book offers much more than a handy reference: this weekend I read the book from page first to last. And I was thrilled to discover that Grannell's book is among the clearest, completest, and most insightful book about web design that I've studied in the past six years.
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