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Chapter 14. Modifying Pages in Frames > Understanding Frames and Framesets

Understanding Frames and Framesets

As noted in the introduction, a web layout that has frames uses multiple pages. The structure of the frame-based design—what designates which pages go where—is contained in a separate page called a frameset. The frameset is not displayed in the browser; therefore, it cannot be created or edited in Contribute. However, Contribute can edit the individual pages—the frames—contained within the frameset.

Let's look at an example of a frameset. Although the web page shown in Figure 14.1 looks at first glance like a single page, it really is a relatively simple frameset showing three different pages. The top frame contains the navigation; notice that it appears to go all the way across the page. The main part of the page, the content, is in a separate frame, and there is more content than can be shown in the browser window. Therefore, a scrollbar is present—just for that content. The third frame holds the copyright notice and, like the navigation frame, it extends across the screen. When the user scrolls down the content section of the web page, neither the navigation bar across the top nor the copyright notice move, and are always visible and accessible.


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