Re: Frames - does anyone like them?

Sunil Mishra (smishra@cc.gatech.edu)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 10:23:59 -0400 (EDT)


Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 10:23:59 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199608211423.KAA00646@cleon.cc.gatech.edu>
From: Sunil Mishra <smishra@cc.gatech.edu>
To: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: <v01540b04ae401df7726d@[205.246.19.148]> (message from Sean
Subject: Re: Frames - does anyone like them?


\\ I disagree  in that navigation is actually more difficult to a user. I
\\ agree on your later statement that they're not usually "well-implemented".
\\ Navigation can be confusing and bewildering to users. We've performed a
\\ focus group for a frames site and had many complaints from new users...

The problem goes beyond simply navigation. Frames make keeping track of
history much harder, and bookmarking impossible. If the web were made
entirely of frames, we would never be able to remember where we were. I
find that thought quite frightening.

Also, thinking about content when you are dealing with one page at a time
is hard enough. With frames, you have to start thinking about the
relationship each *possible* pair of pages can have to each other. It's no
longer a simple graph structure you are looking at. This is not of as much
concern now as it will be in the future, when we begin to see more
intelligent search mechanisms on the web. I personally would much rather
see a self contained document, with or without frames, in the sense that
every relevant document LINKed to it. BANNER was a start, but nowhere
nearly enough to capture the details one would wish for.

Sunil