Re: Header, Footer, and Sidebars

Todd Fahrner (fahrner@pobox.com)
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 08:51:08 -0700


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Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 08:51:08 -0700
To: Tim Bagot <timothy.bagot@keble.oxford.ac.uk>,
        Style Sheet mailing list <www-style@w3.org>,
From: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>
Subject: RE: Header, Footer, and Sidebars

Tim Bagot wrote, at 14:34 +0000 on 26.11.97:
 
> This [Andrew Marshall's] approach does have a slight disadvantage: the
>navigation aids must be
> reproduced on the places they link to, meaning
>
> 1) If they contain lots of images, etc., it takes longer to download the
> page linked to.

Ironically, the opposite is the case: because images are cached, while bits
of markup aren't, it can be faster over time to have persistent objects as
objects like images. "Client side include." With OBJECT you can refer to
another HTML file, but so far only IE4 seems to support this, and with some
quirks.

> 2) Any change to the navigation aids must be made to several different
> documents, unless they are embedded, which would would defeat the object.

Well then there's server-side include, or just plain old GREP.... If the
nav elements are consistent to start with, it's not too onerous.

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