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Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers by Sarah Horton

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Chapter 7. Frames

Frames-based pages are not standard Web pages; they are meta-documents that split the browser window into sections, pulling standard HTML documents into each section, or frame. Frames-based sites have advantages, though they generally favor the designer, not the user. Site maintenance is easier because standard site elements—such as navigation—can be handled by just one document. Design consistency is easier to achieve with frames for the same reason: one or two files can manage the user interface for an entire Web site.

The shortcomings of frames surface when they are considered from a user’s perspective. In some respects, frames-based pages are easy to use. Site design is generally consistent, which makes it easier for users ...

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