Platform for Internet Content Selection
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The Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) is a specification created by W3C that uses metadata to label webpages to help parents and teachers control what children and students can access on the Internet. The W3C Protocol for Web Description Resources project integrates PICS concepts with RDF. PICS has been superseded by POWDER.
Internet Explorer 3 was one of the early web browsers to offer support for PICS, released in 1996. Internet Explorer 5 added a feature called approved sites, that allowed extra sites to be added to the list in addition to the PICS list when it was being used.
PICS has had negligible uptake on the World Wide Web and Microsoft dropped support for it in IIS 7.0
- Paul Resnick; James Miller (1996). "PICS: Internet Access Controls Without Censorship". Communications of the ACM 39 (10): 87–93. doi:10.1145/236156.236175. http://www.w3.org/PICS/iacwcv2.htm.
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