Framing the Web / Getting Started
Getting Started: A Generic, All-Purpose Caveat
Framing the Web
Having frames doesn't make your Web site good. Used appropriately, however, frames can make your Web site better. As with any information service, a good Web site depends on good content. Linear documents, like stories and reports, might not need a table of contents to be present all the time. If your information requires the user to jump around a lot, then maybe frames are in order.
Before starting a framed document:
- Make sure the information lends itself to a framed presentation.
- Learn the limitations of frames.
- Consider your audience: will they all have access to a frames-capable browser?
When you've finished a framed document:
- Check the links are targetted properly.
- Look at your document on other platforms and with other clients: what looks good on your machine may not look good on others.
- Include a
<noframes>...</noframes>tags in your main
<frameset>document. A frames-capable browser will ignore whatever's between those tags. Browsers that can't display frames will show whatever's between those tags.
- Have someone else look at it.
Comments are welcome
Copyright © 1996 Dan Brown and
Created: May 14, 1996
Revised: May 14, 1996