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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Giving your site a ICRA rating

Giving your site a ICRA rating

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When creating a website, you want to make sure that it is accessible to everyone. If someone were to visit your website at a college, library, Church, or other public area - they might not be able to if they use an internet filter.
Creating a PICS Label is so easy to do, and can go a long ways. In this article I’ll go over how you can create a PICS Label in both Safe Surf and ICRA, and then combine both labels into one meta tag.
Generating the LabelsYou’ll need to generate the labels at the ICRA Generator and SafeSurf Generator. Simply fill out the questionair about your website, and copy and paste the label into a text editor like notepad. Below are the labels generated for this website.

Combining the LabelsYou might not want to have two seperate meta tags. Well you don’t have to, you can combine them. The first step is to get the unique label from the above labels like so:"" l gen true for
"" r (nz 1 vz 1 lz 1 oz 1 cz 1)
"" L gen true for
"" r (SS~~000 1)
The next step will be to combine them both into one long line, and then to insert them back into the meta tag like so:
Inserting the TagThe next step is to insert this tag into your site. It isn’t neccessary to insert this tag into every page, but it is recommended. The more pages you have it on, the less of a chance the user will get to your site and not see the label and be blocked.
To insert the tag, put it inside your HEAD section:

My Page

Testing the LabelsTo make sure you have the done this correctly, you can test each of the labels using the ICRA Tester and the SafeSurf Inspector.


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