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off topic but if anyone feels like lending a helping hand it would be much appreciated

From: Michael Stevens <mike@hydro.tokenzone.com>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 11:22:08 -0400
To: "W3C Mailing List" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <PEEFINEOJCNKLJFFDDFCKEPLCAAA.mike@hydro.tokenzone.com>
When opening a precisely sized window that exactly fits the contents of the
page via JavaScript with a frameset inside I get a small display discrepancy
between Netscape 4.x and IE (Netscape 6 displays the same as IE). 

The frameset is coded as follows:

<frameset rows="39,*,64" frameborder="0" border="0" framespacing="0"> 
 <frame name="topFrame" scrolling="no" noresize src="viewer1.htm" >
 <frameset cols="25,*,25" frameborder="0" border="0" framespacing="0"> 
  <frame name="leftFrame" scrolling="no" noresize src="viewer2.htm">
  <frame name="mainFrame" scrolling="no" noresize src="viewer3.htm">
  <frame name="rightFrame" scrolling="no" noresize src="viewer4.htm">
 <frame name="bottomFrame" scrolling="no" noresize src="viewer5.htm">

This frameset is basically a media content viewer window.  The 39, 64 and 25
pixel frames act as borders for the "wild card" frame which holds content
(dynamically placed using JSP).

The content frame is the one with the problem here (I have also tried it
with absolute sizes, with identical results.)

So, here's the problem:  In IE and Netscape 6 all of the frames join
together just as I had hoped and surround the content frame seamlessly...BUT
in Netscape 4.x I get about 4 pixels added on to the right of the content
frame with totally blows the effect of the surrounding frames being the
encapsulating frame which holds the content.  (if I open the window with 4
less pixels on the width it works great in Netscape 4.x but not the others.
Of course I could have two versions catered for each circumstance but that's
kind of clumsy and slightly less efficient than I would like to be...but if
that's the only option then well...that's the only option.  The strange
thing is that this seems to be the default of Netscape since I can't find
anything that would make it add these 4 pixels to the right.  Is there a
navigator proprietary attribute that could fix this??  I haven't been able
to track down anything.

Why use a frameset instead of tables?  Well to keep this "viewer" as
flexible as possible and allow content to be included from anywhere (i.e.
video from a streaming server) we need to be able to just dynamically drop a
URL for the content into the frame.

If anyone else has ever had this problem or knows a better way (other than
frames) to deal with this (which I would gladly welcome) then please let me
know...or just send me a link to something that could point me in the right
direction.  I'm at a loss.



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