Suggestion for FRAME code extension

Gail Gurman (gailg@sybase.com)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 16:55:41 -0700


Date: Fri, 16 Aug 1996 16:55:41 -0700
Message-Id: <199608162355.QAA05221@deall.sybase.com>
From: gailg@sybase.com (Gail Gurman)
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Suggestion for FRAME code extension

I don't know if this is the right way to suggest html extensions,
but here goes...

The rows and cols attributes of the <frameset> code allows, as I
understand it, specific pixel numbers, percentages, and '*'. I'd
like to see another option, though I'm not sure how it should be
indicated.

What I think is needed is a way of indicating that a particular
frame should size itself to the length or width of the source it
contains. This would be useful when the frame source for one frame
is very short or narrow. 

For example, I did a simple frame setup for my resume
(http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2815/resume.html. It consists
of two frames. The top frame is a header containing my name,
address, etc., while the bottom frame is the actual resume
text. When I designed it and displayed it in Netscape using a
SPARCstation, it looked fine using rows="65,*", but when viewed in
Netscape on Windows95, the resolution is different and the document
displayed in the top frame is too long for the frame.

I've noticed this problem on other people's pages too, particularly
when they have index frames on the left side. They often turn out to
be two wide for the frame.

Thanks for considering this idea.

Gail