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Chapter 7. Frames > The Frame Page

7.1. The Frame Page

What your Web-page visitor cares about is what's in the frames: the text and graphics. But for you, the biggest challenge is creating the special Web page—the frameset pagethat gives the frames their structure. The frameset page itself usually doesn't contain text or graphics; it just describes the number, size, and placement of the frames. This page tells a browser which Web page should load into each frame, whether the frame has borders or scroll bars, and allows the visitor to resize the frame by dragging its border.


Note:

You may have heard of another frame technology called iframes. The <iframe> tag lets you embed one Web page within another Web page. This way, you avoid having to use a frameset page while preserving the main benefits of frames.

Unfortunately, although the latest browsers can handle iframes, Dreamweaver MX doesn't provide any WYSIWYG tools for adding them to a page. Of course, if your HTML chops are sharp, you can jump into the document's Code view and write the <iframe> tags yourself. See Chapter 9 for more on working with raw HTML code.



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