Re: help with frames

Brian Gaines (
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 18:20:41 -0700

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Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 18:20:41 -0700
From: (Brian Gaines)
Subject: Re: help with frames

>I am consistently astonished that people exist who think frames are a
>desirable solution to anything, let alone worth investing the effort to
>circumvent netscape's kludgery.  That they do exist is a shining testament
>to netscape's PR, and to the unfortunate inability of this particular group
>of webmasters to think past trends.

I am consistently astonished by the emotions that simple technical facilities
generate. I use frames routinely on a daily basis for presentations and find
them an excellent facility. I attended a presentation this morning where a
colleague independently used frames to great effect and with great facility.

The ability to split a window into parts each of which has its own URL and
which communicate in a reasonable way greatly increases the capabilities of
the HTML user interface.

In the early years of the web such innovation was hailed as an achievement.

That is how we got multimedia, helpers, forms, and so on. The Internet
and web are dynamic and growing in their use and functionality. It is not
PR that leads to the use of frames. It is good old-fashioned invention of
useful capabilities that satisfy, or generate, a market need.


Dr Brian R Gaines               Knowledge Science Institute
                                University of Calgary         Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
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