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Re: NOFRAMES (was:Re: Techniques Document)

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 1998 22:25:44 -0400
Message-ID: <35F495A8.6E06954C@w3.org>
To: nir.dagan@econ.upf.es
CC: chisholm@trace.wisc.edu, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
nir.dagan@econ.upf.es wrote:
> The NOFRAMES element appears in the DTD of regular
> documents (loose.dtd), but has no function according
> to the HTML4.0 spec.

I don't understand what you mean by this statement.
> The reason for this strange situation is historical.
> Until and including the proposed recommendation of HTML4.0
> there was a paragraph in the spec. suggesting that using NOFRAMES
> element in a regular document means that the browser has to show
> the content if the page is not rendered "framed", but hide it when
> the document is "framed".
> This was ommitted from the recommendation, but the DTD
> was left without change.

>From section 16.4.1 of the HTML 4.0 specification:

The NOFRAMES element specifies content that should be
displayed only when frames are not being displayed.
User agents that support frames must only display 
the contents of a NOFRAMES declaration when configured 
not to display frames. User agents that do not support 
frames must display the contents of NOFRAMES in any case. 
> As far as WAI recommendation, I think we shouldn't recommend
> using NOFRAMES in regular documents, but only in frameset.

Can you give me further information on what you mean?

 - Ian

Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org) 
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Received on Tuesday, 8 September 1998 12:51:11 UTC

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