Chapter 7. Managing Multiple Frames
with multiple windows, multiple
frames are controversial
among experienced web designers. Some love them, others refuse to use
them. Dislike for framesets has a couple of origins. One dates back
many years, when not all browsers supported them. Many veteran
designers refused to accept framesets then and the prejudice
continues. More recently, however, the pure and strict XHTML
implementations omit frames from the document markup vocabulary.
Forms and hyperlinks in validating documents cannot even include a
target attribute that loads the result of a form
submission or a linked document into another frame.
But the frames concept is not disappearing into oblivion. The XHTML
specification includes a frame-specific version, and future work at
the W3C will likely provide a fresh, XML-based frame markup
vocabulary (currently called XFrames). At the same time, virtually
every graphical user interface browser in use today supports HTML
frames, and will do so for a long time to come. By setting the
border attribute to zero to create a seamless
space, users may not even be aware of your frame structure.
Frames are especially useful in a few specific instances. The most common application is dividing a page into a large content frame and a smaller frame that acts as an index, table of contents, or site navigation menu. Such small frames might be along the left or right edge of the window, or sometimes as a horizontal ...