HTML 4 For Dummies - Bonus Chapters

HTML Frames Overview 


 

Do you really need to use the <FRAMESET> tag? You can use a table to format the information into areas, complete with borders, on the browser screen. But remember:tables are static and frames can be dynamic. This means that you can scroll information within frames.

Each frame is similar to a separate browser screen. Depending on the attributes you give it, a frame can act just like a standard browser screen, or it can be frozen into Elliot Ness untouchability.

With the approval of HTML 4.0, frames finally became part of the standard DTD for HTML, which means that only state-of-the-art browsers can handle frames properly, and that some of your users may not be able to appreciate their beauty and efficacy. Because both Netscape and Microsoft have implemented frames in their browsers (since Version 2.0 of each), as long as you’re sure users have a frames-compatible browser, you can safely use frames on your site. But if your audience uses a wide variety of browsers, you may want to shy away from frames until they become DTD material, or you may want to offer a nonframed version of the same materials so that users can pick which version of your pages they want to explore.

Frames have numerous uses, such as:

In short, frames are flexible. They enable you to keep constant chunks of information on display while permitting users to scroll through large amounts of text or dynamic content. You learn how to set up the structures we just described a bit later in this extra chapter. Before you jump ahead, you must understand the HTML markup tags that make frames possible.

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