Re: My Friday-Before-Labor-Day Diatribe [Was: Frame document structure]

David Perrell (davidp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 30 Aug 1996 12:45:44 -0700


Message-Id: <199608302026.NAA20606@andorra.it.earthlink.net>
From: "David Perrell" <davidp@earthlink.net>
To: "Murray Altheim" <murray@spyglass.com>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: Re: My Friday-Before-Labor-Day Diatribe [Was: Frame document structure]
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 12:45:44 -0700


Murray Altheim wrote:
> I have yet to see the "necessity" of frames. IMO it's another
whiz-bang
> gizmo that makes people feel their documents are more
sophisticated. And we
> have spent entirely too much energy on whiz-bang gizmos at the
expense of
> creating a Web capable of building an information infrastructure
for our
> expanding knowledge base.

Perhaps not necessary, but methinks desirable. I'm working on an
interactive form at http://www.socrates.com/soc-cost.html . Except
for IMGs, it's a single html file. All computation and content
generation are done client-side, so Results and Help are immediate.
This could have been done without frames and Javascript, but consider
the time and bandwidth eaten up by repeatedly querying the server for
results. Not an excercise in whiz-bangery, this just seemed the most
efficient way to do the job. The same approach could benefit
non-commercial enterprises.

David