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Using Frames

Hotly debated for years and still widely disputed, frames offer Web page designers a valid alternative for displaying certain types of pages. Since frames do have some disadvantages, they may not be suitable in most cases, and should only be used when dictated by circumstance. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the pros and cons, and the proper usage of frames on the Web, so that you’ll be comfortably equipped to handle them, should the situation arise.

When a typical page loads in a browser, users must wait for the entire page to download. Larger elements slow this load time and prolong the wait. Even if the same elements exist on multiple pages of the Site, they must be freshly downloaded each time the user calls a new page of the Site. With frames, this is not the case.


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