Re: Extending URL syntax for framesets?

Holger Wahlen (wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:04:39 +0200


Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:04:39 +0200
Message-Id: <199707291204.AA25015@jupiter.ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE>
To: www-html@w3.org
From: wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE (Holger Wahlen)
Subject: Re: Extending URL syntax for framesets?

While writing my previous post about mechanisms to access
specific frameset instances, I also had a thought about this
possibility in general, and I'd like to hear other opinions
on that.

The question is: What happens if I fill the frames in another
way than intended by the author?

When I have a wrong page URL in a document of mine, this
usually means I refer to a file that doesn't exist; the user
gets an error message and knows I made some mistake, period.
With framesets, however, there are other ways to provide a
`wrong' URL, and it doesn't necessarily get clear there that
it's me who's responsible for the bad output. I might mix up
target names, I might even deliberately fill one of the
frames with a document of mine, one of the files may have
been renamed and isn't accessible any longer under the name I
give - lots of possibilities. Still in many of these cases
people get to see some output (instead of an error message),
and if that output is messed up with regard to presentation
or even content, isn't it likely that most people are going
to blame the author of the frameset for that, not me?

Is that a comfortable thought?

Holger

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