Web Development

Framing questions for inquiring minds

On September

13, 2005, I published a download

explaining how one could use JavaScript to force a user entering a Web site

with a direct URL that bypassed the front door for example, to use the frameset

as designated in the architecture. The JavaScript manipulated the incoming user's

experience to match what the developer intended.

While that

was all well and good, and if you are using frames I suggest you take a look at

the download because it could prove useful, it did raise a question in my mind.

How many Web sites are using frames these days? A quick check around the Web

leads me to believe that there are still some sites using frames, but not near

as many as there once were; a fact which I consider to be a good thing. The

last time TechRepublic published an expose

on frames was a series in 2003, and that was an update.

As part of

the download I created a discussion looking for information on how many members are

involved with Web sites using frames. Check it out and let us know – what is

the best practice for what frames used to do these days? What navigation techniques

are most popular now, for example? Satisfy an inquiring mind.

Speaking of

inquiry, I came across another oldie but goodie download

as I pondered the frames question. It is titled: Download this Web-design client questionnaire form (we were a

little bossy back in 2002, I guess). I'm curious – what should we add to this

download to bring it up to date? Make your suggestions in the comments to this

blog entry, and I'll compile the suggestions, add them to the download, and

republish it (with appropriate credit) early next month, let's say. (I have to

put some sort of time limit on it)


Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.


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