XFrames, an XML Application for Composing Documents Together, Replacing HTML Frames

This working draft, August 6, 2002, specifies several parts of XFrames: the frames element, the head element, the title element, the style element, the row element, the column element, the frame element, common attributes and examples. It also provides details regarding populating a frameset, links and targets, sizing, styling, and rendering of frames. An appendix explains DTD implementation and another appendix gives references. This specification is being designed to overcome some usability problems of HTML frames, namely: the [back] button works unintuitively at times, a collection of documents cannot be bookmarked in a frameset, clicking [reload] may result in a different document, [page up] and [page down] are often difficult to do, it is possible to get trapped in a frameset, and searching finds HTML pages not framed pages.
Other Standards: This specification defines an XML application called XFrames. It uses the XML Namespaces [NAME] identifier: http://www.w3.org/2002/06/xframes .

Date submitted: Aug 1, 2002

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