question: I have started creating a personal site and I was wondering how you create a page so it is sectioned in two (just like this site) I know you can use frames, but I have heard that frames are bad due to browser compatibility and the fact that most people simply don't like them. (Any comments on this would be appreciated). Currently I am using tables so I can use the left for navigation and the right for content, but the problem is every time I make a change to the navigation, I have to go into each page individually to update them. I know there has to be a better way to do this. Kathleen.
Answer: My site used to use a table and background image to give the two section effect.
I am not opposed to the use of frames but I have noticed that many people do not code their frames site properly and quite often when you move on to the next site that they link to you find that the new site displays in just one frame from the previous site. The main disadvantage of frames is that search engines will not find any of your pages except the frame definition by following links from other sites as the frame definition does not contain links for the engine to follow. The only way other pages would be found by the search engine is if they are linked to outside of frames (which defeats the purpose of the frames navigation).
document.writeln('<div class="centre"><font size="-1"> <a href="software.htm"> Software</a></font></div><hr />')
The text in red is different on each entry with one entry per link to be displayed.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.