No, this is an ordinary page, nothing fancy about it at all. There is
no reason on earth (that Tim or I can think of, anyway) why it is
wrapped in a frame. It doesn’t serve a useful purpose – it’s actually
Tim and I have each been making Web sites since the mid '90s, and we
have seen these fashions come and go. Frames (in general) is one
technique that was buried behind most people’s sheds long before the
turn of the century.
But neither of us have seen this sort of thing – forcing all pages to
have a single URL, essentially – used on its own like this. Usually,
forcing all pages to have the same URL comes as a necessary evil – a
trade-off – of using the other frames (visible or invisible) for some
purpose that either helps the visitor or enhances their experience, or
helps the developer in some way.
Neither of these purposes are being served here. The hidden blank
it, there is no soundtrack MP3 playing on all pages of the site, and
because the frame is hidden, there’s no earthly purpose to it from the
developer’s point of view – he or she is not saving any effort at
all; not re-using any common content, nothing, nada, zip, zilch.
Which leaves us with hiding the true URL from the visitor. Why anyone
would think this was a good idea eludes me. And Tim.
Now if you are looking at this site, and seeing that most (all) of the
pages look exactly alike, and everything is aligned with the page
before and after it, then that’s nothing to do with the fact that it’s
wrapped in a frame. That’s simply a page that was designed once (as a
sort of template) and then filled with variable content during the
design phase. You can do the same thing in Freeway, much faster than
in most other applications. Make a Master Page, place any content or
placeholders on it you like, then make pages based on that Master.
Each one will inherit a copy of the master element, and as long as you
only change the content of that “child” element, it will maintain its
link back to the Master. And every page will look exactly alike. Click
from page to page, and elements will snap into place as if they were
part of the background.
Yes, the URL will change from page to page, but you actually want
that. It’s a good thing. It’s the cornerstone of the Web, and if you
knock it out, your house falls down.
On Apr 27, 2009, at 9:08 AM, ulfr wrote:
Guess more sofistikated non-frame solutions uses php or AJAX.
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