Message-Id: <199705212332.SAA07621@mx2.io.com> From: "Dataweaver" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: James Aylett <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 16:12:01 +0007 Subject: Re: problems with frames CC: firstname.lastname@example.org On 21 May 97 at 23:19, email@example.com wrote: > On Wed, 21 May 1997, Dataweaver wrote: > > > I would like to suggest a few improvements on frame implementation: > > > > 1. It would be useful to have a TARGET attribute in a FRAME tag; the effect > > would be similar to having a <BASE TARGET=url> in every html document loaded > > into that frame. > > My automatic reaction is - why? Are you so lazy you can't set the BASE, or > even get your editor/page construction tool to set it for you? Then I > thought something worse: it's highly confusing. If you have a single HTML > document, you should really be able to tell, from within the document, > roughly what each link will do. Moving targetting out into the > frame-parent document would make things too confusing IMO. IMHO, it would be useful for those who want to have a particular page viewable by a frame-capable browser either in a frame or not; with the <BASE TARGET=url> tag, any attempt to follow a link out of the page when it is not being used in a frame results in a new window being opened. > > 2. I would like to see a method of overriding the initial frame contents in the > > URL; as an example: > > > > frameset.html##frame2=src3.html > > [would load frameset.html with frame2 containing src3.html instead > > off what was specified in frameset.html] > > If you want this functionality I suggest you write a CGI script which > allows you to do something like: > > <URL:http://your.host.here/frameset.html?frame2=src3.html> Agreed; I've done this myself. But what I'm looking for is something that will allow a browser's history list to record a new page being loaded into a frame. AFAIK, no browser has any means of doing this, so if I've been navigating around within a certain frameset for a while and I want to back up five steps, I have to hit the "Go Back" button five times; I cannot simply pull up the history list and select where I was five steps ago. > > On a somewhat-related note, I'd suggest allowing simple arithmetic (addition > > and subtraction would probably suffice) in WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes; for > > example, > > > > WIDTH=100%-50 > > You mean: WIDTH="100%-50". However I don't see what the point is anyway. > Obviously the 100% wouldn't usefully refer to the width of the image, > since you could calculate it by hand. If you meant to make the image 50 > units (units being what? Pixels? Centimetres?) smaller than the page > width, then you'll run (as usual) into rendering problems. The 100% refers to the page's width; I want to put an image into a page so that the text that comes after it is effectively placed in a 50-pixel-wide column to the right of the image, and I want the image to be resized so that it takes up the remainder of the left side of the page. How would I do this? ------------ Jonathan Lang --------------+----------------------------------- "Dataweaver", mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | The Dogma of Otherness insists "BTfL", mailto:email@example.com | that all voices deserve a hearing, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | that all points of view have Web: http://www.io.com/~traveler/site.html | something of value to offer. Archive: ftp://ftp.io.com/pub/usr/traveler | --David Brin, "Otherness"