[thelist] Frames versus CSS/DHTML

Ed Shuck edshuck at noevalley.com
Thu Feb 14 19:18:01 CST 2002


I moved away from frames when i started doing php.  that was about a year
and a half ago.  I never felt satisfied with the verticle scroll bar.

I did do a bit of php with frames.  there was one nice twitch that went onto
some of my pages where i would make the screen into three cols, center it
and limit the middle to 760 (800) and then color the outside left and right
different colors each day using a flat file and running a function to handle
the file.

I am not happy with what  i have now but there is great promise.  i hope to
have some CSS up in a week and that will help, I think.

peace  ed
----- Original Message -----
From: <Anello958 at aol.com>
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Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 4:50 PM
Subject: [thelist] Frames versus CSS/DHTML

Hey Evolters:

Would appreciate a bit of input on this one.  I am currently designing a  B
to B site for a client whose basic (and firm) requirements are this.
1.  96 percent of target audience uses Netscape 4.0 or higher or IE 4.0 or
higher. Main site will be designed for this audience.  Alternate content
will be delivered to others.
2.  First level navigation must remain static at all times.  Second level
navigation will remain static within a given section.  Third level on down
will change as necessary.  Content will change as necessary. The site would
kind of have the look and feel of a CBT lesson.

Ok now lets talk execution.

The traditional approach would be to use frames (i.e., two row, with two
columns in second row.  Content gets delivered into lower left column with
this being the only scrollable frame.

However, I am wondering if the same thing could not be accomplished using
CSS/DHTML?  Since the target audience is so high in browsers that support
this to some extent or another, it seems to me that it would make more sense
and be easier (in the long run) to code and maintain.

However, I just can't seem to get my arms around this whole thing and come
up with a plan for execution that covers all the bases using CSS/DHTML.

The obvious negative issues with either approach are user orientation within
the site, search engine indexing, bookmarking, etc.  I have workarounds for
all of these issues.

Would appreciate any input from members.



P.S,  Have another project that may require the assistance of a Javascript
guru.  Anyone available for hire within the month of March (at most 30
hours) email me off list.

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