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One feature you will see on many Web sites is the use of frames to break the screen up into a number of panels. Typically, these provide a page heading and a list of contents, which stay constant in their own areas of the screen, while different pages appear in a main panel depending on which item in the list of contents you select.

The advantage for the reader is that the list of contents remains on screen, making it easier to go to another area of the Web site. A number of HTML tools provide assistance in the creation of frame-based Web pages, and there is reference material available, though the interaction between the various panels on screen makes frame-based sites harder to design, and you may need to devote considerable time to experimenting.

However, before you invest a lot of time and effort learning how to create frame-based pages, you should note two disadvantages they have for your visitors: unless well thought out and implemented, they can be confusing for readers. (For this reason, even many professional web designers consider frames an inappropriate tool.)

This really means that if you want to use frames, you should consider providing a set of pages without frames as well. To be honest, for personal genealogy pages, there is no compelling reason to use frames, but they can be useful as a way of simplifying the navigation of larger sites.

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