Frames - The Problems And Solutions
Explanations as to why you probably shouldn't use frames, along with alternatives that you can use instead.
To the newbie frames appear to be a very elegent solution for serveral problems. They allow a single file to be updated so that a menu appears on multiple pages and they allow a menu to be static while the rest of the page scrolls. They are not without their side effects though. This page is a collection of links exploring the problems that frames introduce and replacement technologies that can do a better job.
- Problems with frames
- Replacing the layout aspects of frames
- Replacing the write-once read-many aspects of frames
Problems with frames
- Why XFrames are being proposed to replace Frames
- Why are frames so evil?
- Why Frames Suck (Most of the Time)
- Some Caveats with Using Frames
- Problems with using frames
Replacing the layout aspects of frames
See also my CSS resources page.
position: fixed;for IE 6 with pure CSS
position: fixed;for lots of browsers using client side scripting
Replacing the write-once read-many aspects of frames
Methods that require server side resources
Methods that do not require server side resources
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