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Freedom for MMD Information - Frames
By Bob Fitterman

One way to avoid "steering them away" is to use frames.  As much as I
detest the way this looks, you can create a link in your web site that
hosts someone else's page inside a frame you provide.  It's ugly, but
it does keep the navigation portion of your site in plain view.

Obviously you're limited to those people whose browsers support frames,
but at this stage of the game that's almost everyone out there.

Bob Fitterman

 [ I'm aware of some sites that use frames to intentionally obfuscate
 [ where the data is coming from.  Depending on the content of the
 [ URL being referenced, it may not be possible to tell that the
 [ entire page of frames isn't coming from the same location.  As a
 [ consequence, we'd probably not  give permission to directly reference
 [ a .JPG or .GIF file on the MMD Website in a frame, but we would
 [ most likely allow the .HTML file on our site that references a
 [ .JPG or .GIF on our site to be used.  Most of the MMD .HTML pages
 [ have some indication of the name of the site.  (Clearly this is
 [ important since using a search engine to get to a page that has
 [ no back link to the site's home page is disappointing).
 [ The MMD manages a small unmoderated mailing list for MMD subscribers
 [ interested in Web Authoring issues.  I'd like to encourage those
 [ MMD subscribers who are interested in learning more about frames
 [ or other HTML Authoring issues, or sharing their experiences with
 [ HTML Authoring, to subscribe to the MMD Web Authors's group.  To
 [ do so, send an e-mail message to:  and indicate
 [ that you want to join the Web Author's group.      --Jody

(Message sent Fri 22 May 1998, 18:40:33 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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