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Re: Scrollbars in Table Cells?

From: Olav Junker Kjr <olav@olav.dk>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 16:24:06 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <00a101c252bf$7813f440$e400000a@musogmaend.dk>
To: <www-html@w3.org>

> Which rather defeats the sole technical advantage of frames (having
> content from multiple files in a single file) over using a CSS overflow.

There is a third, rather important, advantage: Frames allow parts of the page to change in response to user interaction without requiring the whole page to be reloaded from the server. This gives a more pleasent feel for the user in many cases. 

This feature, however, is also what causes the main problems with frames: states where subframes have been changed doesnt have a URI distinct from the default state of the page, so the new states cannot be bookmarked, linked to etc. 

The XFrames solution with reflecting the state of subframes in the URI fragment solves this problem. However the syntax should probably be generalized so it can be used to reflect state of all kinds of dynamic elements, not just frames.

Olav Junker Kjr
Received on Tuesday, 10 September 2002 15:12:44 UTC

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