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Subject: Re: A proposal for addition to HTML 3.0: Frames
From: lilley <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 21 Sep 95 11:42:13 EDT

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Bert Bos says:

> I've been thinking about multi-pane layouts for document for some
> time, so I was very interested to see Netscape's proposal for
> frames. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations. The frames
> solve part of a problem, while making it harder to solve the rest.

I see frames, not as *a* multi-pane document but as an aggregating 
mechanism for compound documents or other media. This also seems to 
be how the Netscape proposal sees them.

> 2. Frames don't allow content in the same document in which the frames
> are being defined. This extra indirection is often unneeded and makes
> maintenance harder.

Which is why I suggested a new document type might be appropriate. If all 
the body content is disallowed, most of HTML has been removed anyway.

What did you think of my proposal, Bert?
> 6. The frames offer no obvious way for extension of the syntax, to
> allow other kinds of layout, such as paged or non-visual layouts.

True.  However, the point of aggregation is enhanced ergonomic visual 
display. For speech output, sequential "display" of the component 
documents is probably a better bet.

Chris Lilley, Technical Author
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