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    need how to advice!

    If I build a site for education purposes and have the student go to a specific site how do I keep them form going to sites linked to that site?

    In other words how do I deactivate links within a site being used as an educational resource?

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    Why place those links there in the first place?

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    the scenario!

    I want to design an educational offering for the web that uses existant web pages as a content resource. However, I do not want the student to use the visited website as a portal to the rest of the web by using links on the website.

    Several reasons for this; 1) by acccessing outside websites the student would violate Acceptable Use Policies, 2) the student would have access to websites which might not be considered appropriate.

    By disabeling certain links within a content site the student can be kept on the educational "straight and narrow".

    This concept does bring up an interesting question: Would this be ethical? Would it violate copyright laws?

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    This is what most local public libraries would like to do, too, but I don't think they can, yet. If one has access to the web, one has access to everything on the web - one way or another.

    The only way around that is to design sites with pages cloned from the web that are accessed by local computers that are not connected to the internet at all. So long as there is no "profit" being made off the 'cloned sites', there should be no problem with them being used for purely educational purposes. And, being offline, there probably wouldn't be a problem with even private 'for profit' schools using them - so long as the students don't try to transfer the content or 'uniquely' copyrighted design to eventual sites of their own.

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    So you are saying to pull the content site off line and place it locally so there is access but an inability to enter the WWW from the cached site!

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    Yes. In addition, considering there is more than one site involved, you'll have to create the 'main' access page with links to each of the others.

    Then, either pull the plug on the internet connection (telephone or cable) and let everyone have at it. If they're learning webmastering, maybe they could all design the main access page together, using graphics and whatever from the source sites to link back to them - a policy that may not bother the source sites when used online since it encourages visits to their sites.

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    It's possible to block some, just not all....

    At work, I can surf anywhere on the intra/internet with no problem unless I click on a link that has certain combinations of keystrokes in it like "games, consumption junction, porn, ebay, etc." but I think that it's an editable list, not just an application that stops surfing away from an acceptable site, (unless it's been intentionally blocked).

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    Sounds like you want to take others work, alter it so the outbound links do not work, and show this changed content on your site.

    My attorney would be put to work in a heartbeat if it happened to my material.

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    not really!

    I do not want to steal anyones work ... I want to acknowledge valid content development ... what I do not want is the ability of the student to "wonder" away from the original site. There is no profit motive or intent ... there is no stealing of content ... no using content as own.

    And who mentioned changed content? Does a link to irrelevant material constitute valid content? If I am refering to your site or using a link to your site as an example of valid content is a link to a site NOT content related ... an add or some other irrelevant site .... YOUR work or are you just advertising? I think you and your lawyer would be shooting blanks at a straw dog!

    I propose that as long as the content and content related links are maintained .... invalidating inconsequential material links is ok.

    The argument that referencing a journal article then cutting out the ads and other stories is the same.... NO .... a journal article is not immediate and accessing the non-content information in the rest of the journal does not viloate any Acceptable Use Policies ... while accessing material on the internet (as a link in a referenced web site) does, if done at school or work.

    If I used your content page as a screen shot would that be the same?



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