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Part III: Creating Advanced Pages > Creating and Formatting Frames

Chapter 11. Creating and Formatting Frames

One of the big advantages of creating frame-based pages is that you can have site-wide navigation links or buttons that remain visible in one frame even as visitors scroll around in the main frame. That’s a great help in keeping visitors oriented while enabling them to easily jump to other parts of your Web site. Version 3 and later browsers support frames, by the way, so you can create frame-based pages without leaving too many folks in the dark.

Frames, however, do have several drawbacks. The page title remains the same even as visitors move from frame to frame, which sometimes creates confusion. It’s also not possible for visitors to bookmark a particular frame in their Web browsers. Instead, they’ll be sent to the site’s home page. One way around these problems, while keeping the site’s navigation clear, is to use link bars instead. For more information, see Using Link Bars and Shared Borders.


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