Frames and Tables

Written by Mary Hickey


Some ofrepparttar most god-awful sites Iíve ever seen have used frames. To be fair though, Iíve seen some that used tables that were just as bad.

Frames require what is called a "Frameset" page. This isrepparttar 134774 most important thing. If itís layed out weird, thenrepparttar 134775 frames will either A.) Not work at all, or B.) look hideous! The Frameset page is just what it says, a framework forrepparttar 134776 rest ofrepparttar 134777 site. In each section (or Frame) there is a complete webpage, even if itís just a graphic. The Frameset page tellsrepparttar 134778 browser WHERE each of these complete pages goes. So if you have a page with lots of information crammed into a narrow frame what you get is frustrating forrepparttar 134779 visitor at best.

Good rule of thumbÖ Keep it Simple!!! Some ofrepparttar 134780 most annoying framed pages Iíve ever seen are ones that have a bazillion different frames. And when I say a bazillion, I mean anything over say three, at most four. The human eye can only handle seeing so many little sections, and especially onrepparttar 134781 Internet! When I go to set up a framed page I ask myself a few questions.

1.Is it easy onrepparttar 134782 eye? In other words, am I dizzy looking at it. 2.Does it make sense? Isrepparttar 134783 general layout reasonable. 3.Couldrepparttar 134784 effect Iím trying to achieve be accomplished using tables instead?

Ifrepparttar 134785 answer torepparttar 134786 first two questions is yes, then go ahead and set it up. However, if there is a shred of doubt, try option Three.


Tables have their own quirks though. The biggest one that Iíve seen isrepparttar 134787 browser compatibility factor. Netscape and IE see tables very differently. Iíve found that to overcome this annoying problem to do a blend ofrepparttar 134788 tags that both read.

Basically what tables are is a series of rows and cells that allow one to neatly organize information and images, rather like those shadow boxes that you use to display knick-knacks.

When laying out a page using tables, itís often best to leaverepparttar 134789 border on. This gives you a clear view of what exactly is going on and how it really looks. This includes whererepparttar 134790 text sets in a specific cell of a table. Too many times Iíve gone to a site thatís layed out with tables and foundrepparttar 134791 text running into itself or overlapping images! A good rule of thumb when setting text in a table cell is give a cell padding of no less then 5 pixels.

Web Site Design: Things You Should Avoid

Written by Gunter Gerdenitsch

Time and again I come across a web site with ages of load time, nearly illegible copy and a lack of content but full of irritating gimmicks. Often I cannot help wondering: "Horrible! Didn't they see how their Internet appearance does them a disservice? If their web site is looking like that - however will their core business be ... ?" Then, upon second thought, I have to say to myself: "Well, there's only one reasonable explanation: They *really* didn't see it."

Indeed, when you are developing your web site, you do it strictly LOCALLY on your computer. That's a great difference to how it will come out ONLINE to your visitors. (In fact, that's what makesrepparttar difference between a professional web site designer and someone who is carving out his/her own web site. The pro's of course are subject torepparttar 134773 same discrepancies - but they are aware of them. The amateur is happy when his/her web site design is looking well onrepparttar 134774 own computer - disregarding that it might be looking very differently to a visitor!)

Some ofrepparttar 134775 main differences between local and online web sites arerepparttar 134776 following:

Load Time:

Many surveys among web surfers show that load time is one ofrepparttar 134777 main deterrent factors for NOT entering a web site and turning to another one instead. Professional web site design will always try to have contents on screen withinrepparttar 134778 first few seconds. Additional parts of your web site can be loaded duringrepparttar 134779 following 20-60 seconds - but during that timerepparttar 134780 visitor should already have something to read on screen! (Preferably, of course, something to make his/her mouth water what is yet to come.)

Don't forget: When you design your web site LOCALLY, your computer takesrepparttar 134781 contents fromrepparttar 134782 hard disk - that is, it appears on your screen within milliseconds, even withrepparttar 134783 most extravagant graphics etc. A visitor to your web site, however, will have to load it ONLINE. And this might take quite a long time. While switching to another web site is just a matter of seconds. Don't be tempted to stuff your web site with things nobody is eager to see or hear!

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