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Lesson 10. Creating Frames > Creating Noframes Content

Creating Noframes Content

In Dreamweaver you can create content that will be ignored by frames-capable browsers, and displayed in older and text-based browsers or in other browsers that do not support frames. The NoFrames content you create is placed in the frameset file. When a browser that doesn't support frames loads the frameset file, the browser displays only the NoFrames content.

Open the about.txt document, select and copy all of the text. In the locations.html document, select the frameset.

The locations.html document is the page the browser will load initially, so the NoFrames content will be specified here.

Choose Modify > Frameset > Edit NoFrames Content.

The document window changes to display the NoFrames page, and the words “NoFrames Content” appear at the top. This is still the locations.html document, you are just seeing a different view of the page's content.

Create the NoFrames content in the document window by pasting in the text you copied from the about.txt text file.

Alternative content can contain elements from a standard html page. It will be enclosed between the <noframes> and </noframes> tags. Only browsers that do not support frames will see this content. The content should be relatively simple—browsers that do not support frames are likely to not support JavaScript, image maps, and other types of complex elements. Some Web sites use NoFrames content to provide simple alternative pages or to direct users to a text-based version of the Web site, while other sites use NoFrames content to display a message to users that the site is only available to frames-capable browsers.


You cannot open other documents while you are editing NoFrames content, so you must copy the necessary text before hand.

Choose Modify > Frameset > Edit NoFrames. Choose File > Save All and close all of your documents.

The document window changes to hide the NoFrames content and returns to the normal view of the frameset document.


When you finish editing the NoFrames content, you might be inclined to close the window because you can't see the original document. If you do, you will close the frameset and all the frame pages. You will then have to open them up again if you wish to continue editing them.



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