The NSFW HTML Attribute

Over at The Frosty Mug Revolution, PJ Doland makes a compelling case for a new HTML attribute in the spirit of the highly-regarded nofollow attribute promoted by Google — the NSFW attribute (rel=nsfw). His original idea has been refined and expanded by positive comments from readers, resulting in a semantic solution to the issue he raises in the original post. Content creators can apply the attribute to paragraph tags, div tags, or any other block-level element. Doing so will indicate that the enclosed content is not safe for work. Visitors will be able to configure their browsers to block display of just the content enclosed by the flagged block-level element. This isn’t about censorship. It is about making us all less likely to accidentally click on a goatse.cx link when our boss is standing behind us. It is also about making us feel more comfortable posting possibly objectionable content by giving visitors a means of easily filtering that content — via Slashdot

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