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This tutorial is meant to give the beginning web designer a basic understanding of how to make a frames based page. For more detailed information on all the components of frames, you can do a web search for "Frames Tutorial".  AOL members who wish for more information should download the frames tutorial from Keyword "OTN".

What are frames?

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Frames are much like split screen video. You can separate your web page into two or more pages on one screen, allowing viewers to scroll one page, while the other remains intact. Using frames you can divide pages into multiple, scrollable sections.

Some of the features of frames are:

  • using links to open pages in one frame while the others remain intact
  • implementing navigation bars
  • using a frame to list table of contents

How do frames work?

It takes at least 3 html pages to make frames work, the two (or more) that make up the contents of the page, and one page with codes to link the frames all together, called a Frame Document. In a Frame Document, the <BODY> tag is replaced with the <FRAMESET> tag. Here is a simple Frame Document:

<HTML>
<HEAD>
</HEAD>
<FRAMESET COLS="15%,*">
<FRAME SRC="name or url of first frame" NAME="MENU">
<FRAME SRC="name or url of second frame" NAME="MAIN">
</FRAMESET>
</HTML>

We hope this helps you with your frames.

If you don't want to learn frames, here's a page that will give you the codes. http://www.teleport.com/~cooler/frames/decoder.html

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