Web Design Standards
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable
technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead
the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information,
commerce, communication, and collective understanding. This is an invaluable resource for developers,
featuring references and validation tools of all kinds.
The Web Standards Project http://www.webstandards.org
This site is NOW LIVE. The Web Standards Project actively promotes adherence to the standards created by the W3
Consortium. As XML,XSL,CSS and DOM are still nascent technologies, advocates are needed to keep browser manufacturers and
web designers from making a mess of things.
Their former site, which has all sorts of useful documentation and links, is found at http://archive.webstandards.org
Voluntary Content Rating; the ONLY Alternative to Censorship
The Internet Content Rating Association is an international,
independent organization that empowers the public, especially parents, to make informed decisions about electronic media by means of the open
and objective labelling of content.
ICRA's dual aims are to:
- protect children from potentially harmful material; and,
- to protect free speech on the internet.
There are two elements to the system:
Web authors fill in an online questionnaire describing the content of
their site, simply in terms of what is and isn't present. ICRA then
generates a Content Label (a short piece of computer code) which the
author adds to his/her site.
Users, especially parents of young children, can then set their
internet browser to allow or disallow access to web sites based on the
objective information declared in the label and the subjective
preferences of the user. The ICRA system can be used with Microsoft's
Internet Explorer immediately, with wider applications under
development. The existing RSACi labels can continue to be used in both
Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator but will be phased out over
A key point is that the Internet Content Rating Association does not rate internet content - the content providers
do that, using the ICRA system. ICRA makes no value judgement about sites.
ICRA is a non-profit making organization with offices in both Brighton, UK and Washington DC, USA. Members include
many of the internet industry's leading names from around the world.
COPPA is the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
If you request information of your visitors,
they deserve a Privacy Statement
used by all private and public corporations and organizations.