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Accessibility of HTML frames in "cloaking" application

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 16:17:49 +0930
Message-ID: <40ADA615.8080906@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>


Does anyone have any experience or comments about the use of HTML frames in a 
"cloaking" application?

To explain:  Various DNS (Domain Name Service) providers and domain registrars 
offer a "Web Forward" service allowing the use of free Web hosting, such as 
Yahoo's Geocities, to have a "real" URI.

Examples: Someone visiting www.foo.bar may actually be going to 

One means of doing this is to use frames to "cloak" the real URI.  This uses a 
frameset, which provides the required title, with a single full-screen frame, 
which provides the content.

Lynx has no problems with frames, although I have yet to test this properly, but 
how would it affect screen readers?



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Friday, 21 May 2004 02:48:08 UTC

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