Determining Your Web Page Structure

The two basic kinds of Web page structures are regular and framed. Regular gets better mileage on highways, and framed looks nice on a wall. No? Okay. A regular Web page is a stand-alone structure, as shown in Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1. A regular Web page is composed of a single HTML file.

Frames, on the other hand, enable you to place more than one Web page on-screen at a time. To the visitor, a framed site appears as one coherent whole, no different from a regular page, something like the horizontally framed example shown in Figure 3-2. (Frames can run vertically, too.) Frames give you more capabilities, such as simultaneously showing many Web pages in a typical browser — and a few extra headaches like making them work with search engines as well.

Figure 3-2. Framed Web pages put several HTML files on-screen at once.

Normal elements

As mentioned in the section “Tagging Along with HTML,” earlier in this chapter, Web pages are built with elements. A typical Web page features a basic structure of three elements: HTML, HEAD, and BODY. The HTML element contains both the HEAD and BODY elements, as the following example demonstrates:


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