If I were to be truly ubiquitous, there'd be a statement here urging,
nay, demanding that you download my broswer of choice. Rudeness is no
bar to free advertising for the browser barons. Any site that is designed
to the specifications of one browser isn't interested in attracting the
widest possible audience, and I sometimes don't stay for sites designed
for the particular browser I'm operating at that time.
My ambition far exceeds my ability to execute the full mission of
ubiquity, for if I were to be truly ubiquitous, I'd have not stopped
at one two panes in this framed web page. I wouldn't have cared about
readability, or frame real estate; I'd have been able to withstand the
pricking of my design conscience and gone a head and stacked 14 small
frames up and down the left hand margin where the image of the woman
currently resides, and populated each one with it's very own hyperlink.
The hyperlinks in the bottom frame all work. Sometime later this week/
month/lifetime, I'll actually have them break the frames and open as
intended - frameless. Unless you *like* frames, I'd recommend dipping
back out to the ubiquitous choice and chosing
one of the more sensible options.
This is not to say that frames are evil. I use them for my hotlist because it
makes maintaining and updating so much easier. Since my hotlist is primarily
for my own use, I made the decision that my audience could dang well deal
with frames (remembering to bookmark the frame, spawning a new window if
necessary, et cetera). I think there are situations where frames can be
used for good, but it takes a good designer and site planner to use them
to augment and improve the navigation and site usability.