user guide

Don Gilbert gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Sat Jun 6 13:07:09 EST 1998


>...we would even be willing to give up frames;-)

I recently had to update the local IU biology web server
with a frames display (not my choice).  The first several
comments I got were - drop the frames.  HTML frames is a
formatting device that seems to cause more hassle than it
is worth, to many users.  When I try to read documents
formatted with them, the frames typically really get in the
way of reading. 

Another significant problem with frames:
when an inframe document links to documents from other services,
those external docs are typically encapsulated in your frame layout
- usually to the detriment of the layout and presentation
of that external service.  There is a case of one company
sueing another in Indiana over this - because it makes it
appear to the reader that the external document, enclosed
in a local title frame, were owned/presented by the local
service. A sort of Internet plagerism.

Usually you can accomplish the same formatting without the
problems, using HTML tables.

- Don

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