IN THIS CHAPTER
Examining the fundamentals of HTML frames and framesets
Creating frames in a new document, visually and with frame objects
Selecting, saving, and closing framesets
Dreamweaver Technique: Establishing a Frameset
Altering frame and frameset properties
Opening links in specific frames
Targeting multiple frames with a single click
Dreamweaver Technique: Setting Frame Targets
Inserting frameless content
The first time I fully appreciated the power of frames, I was visiting a site that displayed examples of what the Webmaster considered "bad" Web pages. The site was essentially a jump-station with a series of links. The author used a frameset with three frames: one that ran all the way across the top of the page, displaying a logo and other basic information; one narrow panel on the left with a scrolling set of links to the sites themselves; and the main viewing area, which took up two-thirds of the center screen. Selecting any of the links caused the site to appear in the main viewing frame.
I was astounded when I finally realized that each frame was truly an independent Web page and that you didn't have to use only Web pages on your own site — you could link to any page on the Internet. That was when I also realized the amount of work involved in establishing a frame Web site: Every page displayed on that site used multiple HTML pages.
Be aware that the use of frames is controversial. Designers opposed to their use give ...