Re: Frames spec & the NOFRAMES tag

Alex Stewart (riche@crl.com)
Fri, 06 Mar 1998 22:39:47 -0500


Message-ID: <3500C183.BB1D90BC@crl.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 22:39:47 -0500
From: Alex Stewart <riche@crl.com>
To: nir dagan <dagan@upf.es>
CC: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Frames spec & the NOFRAMES tag

> > I must say, I am relieved to see that HTML 4.0 seems to have gotten rid
> > of the horribly silly (and annoying) restriction against using anchor
> > references in FRAME URLs.
[...]
> I didn't quite get what you mean. what was this restriction?

In the original Netscape definition of frames, they explicitly state
(for some reason which I still don't fathom) that anchor ("#foo")
references in URLS for FRAME tags are illegal (i.e. the only valid URLs
which you can specify for a frame have to point to the top of the
page).  Not only does this break several rules about how HTML works, of
course, but it always seemed like a completely unnecessary restriction
anyway.  Moreover, they kept this restriction in their specification
through several revisions of both their browser and the relevant docs,
for no apparent reason as well.  It always rather grated on my nerves,
since it made lots of things I wanted to do with frames annoyingly
complicated.

Anyway, looks like it may be all past history now anyway (hopefully).

-alex