Written by windsong

How do you write your code so that it shows up on all or most browsersrepparttar way you want it to look? By understanding which browsers support which tags, and using a validation service to check your code.

There are different tags that sometimes dorepparttar 118057 same thing. The problem here, is that some browers read some tags and not others. Ifrepparttar 118058 browser can't read your tags, it will cause your page to appear in some way other than what you intended. The trick is to write your code in such a way that all, or at least most browsers can read and display itrepparttar 118059 way it is supposed to be.

You will find an HTML Tag List at: You can use this as you are writing your code and avoid some pitfalls. It only covers Netscape and Internet Explorer. These arerepparttar 118060 most used browsers, and probably includes about 80 percent or more ofrepparttar 118061 online crowd.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Frames

Written by Michael Bloch

To use Frames or not to use Frames...

That isrepparttar question...

I've kept away from using frames in any of my work where possible. As much as I like some ofrepparttar 118056 features that frames offer, such as a static header area and side menu bar, there is still a number of negative aspects to their use.

The idea of changing a menu system on my sites by altering one page is a very attractive prospect, especially now that I'm am carrying out a behind-the-scenes revamp of Tamingrepparttar 118057 . The weeks I have spent changingrepparttar 118058 coding on a couple of hundred pages could have been carried out in a couple of days, if I had used frames. But there are other ways to achieve rapid site updates without using frames (a subject of a future article) and those methods will be implemented in Tamingrepparttar 118059 Version II, due for release in December 2001.

So what are these frames (framed sites) anyway?

A frames page itself contains no visible content, it contains instructions on which pages to show simultaneously and how they will be displayed withinrepparttar 118060 browser window . Think of it as a clear overlay, much like a paneled window frame - except this window frame allows you to look into different rooms ofrepparttar 118061 house. A frames page can contain references to many other pages, but usually they consist of references to pages to be used asrepparttar 118062 header,repparttar 118063 content, a left hand menu bar and a perhaps a footer bar. When a hyperlink is clicked in one frame, sayrepparttar 118064 left hand navigation window, it will open a page inrepparttar 118065 content window, orrepparttar 118066 target frame.

This makes site-wide changes easy to implement (especially when used in conjunction with Cascading Style Sheets) as you can changerepparttar 118067 items such asrepparttar 118068 menu bar and logo for your site in one page, and that will updaterepparttar 118069 entire site.

Using a frame forrepparttar 118070 header (top) area or navigation bar of your pages will also make it static (fixed) so visitors can easily access menus etc... no more scrolling back uprepparttar 118071 page.

All this sounds great, but there are a number of points you need to consider before implementing a framed site, especially when using WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editors .

1) Many search engines cannot index framed sites. Becauserepparttar 118072 home page is merely a frame, with very little content or hyperlinks to follow, search engine spiders may stop dead onrepparttar 118073 page and have 'nothing to report'. A way around this isrepparttar 118074 proper implementation of Meta tags and use ofrepparttar 118075 "noframes" tag. (See further resources atrepparttar 118076 end of this article)

2) If a search engine does manage to spider your site, visitors from search engines may land onrepparttar 118077 content pages, rather thanrepparttar 118078 full-framed version, i.e. they may arrive on your site and all they will see isrepparttar 118079 menu bar! For a work-around for this issue, see further resources atrepparttar 118080 end of this article)

3) Non-frames capable browsers. Fortunately, only 1% of visitors browsers fall into this category. Once againrepparttar 118081 use ofrepparttar 118082 'noframes' tag will assist, but to be used effectively you basically need to create two sites, one framed, one not -repparttar 118083 "time saving" is suddenly gone.

4) Bookmarking. A visitor cannot bookmark a specific page in your site without requiring additional customised scripting for each page. Even then there is a risk of visitors landing onrepparttar 118084 content frame, with no navigation frames to view.

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