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Creating Frame Sets

First, you must learn a little terminology to establish the difference between a frame and a frame set.

Imagine a glass window split vertically down the middle into two panes. In the HTML world, the two glass panes are comparable to individual frames. The wood around the outside and down the center of the window, which holds the panes in place, would be considered the frame set. When you build a frame set you are creating a very simple HTML file that does nothing more than tell the browser how to split up the window into frames. Each frame then displays a separate HTML page in the area designated to it. In our analogy, there are two such panes, so two additional HTML pages are needed—one for each frame. Consequently, you need three HTML files to create a two-frame layout. The first file is the frame set document, an HTML page that instructs the browser to divide up the page into two frames and which HTML pages to display subsequently in those frames. The other two files are the HTML pages that will load into the individual frames.


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