Page Inheritance

Andre-John Mas (amas@lhr-sys.DHL.COM)
Wed, 02 Jul 1997 13:00:41 +0100


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Date: Wed, 02 Jul 1997 13:00:41 +0100
From: Andre-John Mas <amas@lhr-sys.DHL.COM>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Page Inheritance

Frames were great, then the became annoying. You would click on one
link and a page would appear in one frame and if it has frames then
sub frames will, appear each time the frames get smaller. What I would
like to see is an alternative approach to frames and that is page
inheritance. Basically, you say here's my page and here, here and here
it will inherit features of pages X,Y and Z. Visually, it would be one
page, because the system would interpret the final result as if it was
one page, not three individual pages. This idea is that if you click
on a link a new page would replace the existing one, instead of
appearing in a sub-frame.

This approach would mean that I could modify my site menu without
having to include an individual one on each page or get annoyed at
the subtlties of frames. 

The tag might appear as follows:

  <INHERIT HREF="http://..../">

Using that a page that has inherited my side menu might inherit
it by the following tag:

  <INHERIT HREF="/inherit/menu.html?home">

Where the home part would let the script in the inherited page to
select the home button or anything else.

This idea might have already been suggested, though since I haven't
been following the list recently, I might have missed it.

Andre

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