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Chapter 7. Frames > Reasons Not to Use Frames

Reasons Not to Use Frames

Frames have come under some heavy criticism by advocates of Web page usability. Specifically, their concerns include

  • Not all users have frames-capable browsers. Although the number of such users is relatively small, you still need to keep these users in mind. The <noframes> element provides a workaround to this concern, so you should use that element diligently.

  • Not all users can print from within a frameset. Initially, it was difficult to print an individual document within a frameset, but browsers have come a long way in making it possible to print the contents of a particular frame. Even so, there are no assurances that all users are using a browser that can print documents in a frameset, so this concern remains valid.

  • Search engine indexing programs cannot process individual documents within a frameset. Naturally, everyone wants their sites indexed by all the major search engines. But if the indexing program can't get at your individual documents because they are called within a frameset, then it's less likely that your site will come up in search results.

  • Bookmarking can't be used on all pages. Users can only bookmark the page that sets up the frameset but not one of the individual pages displayed in the frameset.


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