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Chapter 3. Building Web Pages > Editing Framed Pages

Editing Framed Pages

A Web page with frames is split into two or more rectangular areas, each of which has independent content. Frames are commonly used to define navigation and content areas for a page. The frame with the navigation area remains constant, and the content area changes when the user clicks a link in the navigation area. For example, many online shopping sites use frames to display their products in the content frame while allowing the user to browse to new content using the navigation frame. Frames can scroll independently, and the Web designer can even turn off scroll bars for particular frames.

When a user views a Web page that has been created with two frames, the browser is actually using three different files to display the page. In addition to the two frames the user sees, there’s a third page, the frameset page. The frameset page is an HTML page that is invisible to the user but tells the browser how to display the frames and the pages they contain. It stores information about the size, location, and layout of each frame. Each frame within the frameset is a separate HTML file.


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