3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 11, 2007 6:21 AM by Newsgroup_User

    I am a realtive NEWBIE Need help..

    amiart
      I need to know how to get only the middle content to change.. I am not even sure what thats called.. basically I have a header/footer and left and right colum.. I want the navigation on top to change the content in the middle.. Please help if you can..
      Thanks
        • 1. Re: I am a realtive NEWBIE Need help..
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          At this point in your 'career', you don't. You just make flat pages that
          link to each other.

          For future reference, the only ways to get what you want are -

          1. Use frames - there are compelling reasons NOT to do this, however.
          2. Use client-side javascript to pull data from a database (or some other
          data source like an XML file), and interactively place it on the page.

          I think those are your only choices.

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          "amiart" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:fc60lh$a7m$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          >I need to know how to get only the middle content to change.. I am not even
          > sure what thats called.. basically I have a header/footer and left and
          > right
          > colum.. I want the navigation on top to change the content in the middle..
          > Please help if you can..
          > Thanks
          >


          • 2. Re: I am a realtive NEWBIE Need help..
            Level 7
            On Tue, 11 Sep 2007 12:11:29 +0000 (UTC), "amiart"
            <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

            >I need to know how to get only the middle content to change.. I am not even
            >sure what thats called.. basically I have a header/footer and left and right
            >colum.. I want the navigation on top to change the content in the middle..
            >Please help if you can..
            > Thanks

            You are likely asking about a "frameset" and what Murray said is true.
            Framesets have several drawbacks, not the least of which is that you
            limit the content area, which is what people are really after.

            Frames also makes individual pages impossible to bookmark.

            In an older post, Murray described framesets as antique and obsolete.
            I couldn't have said it better.

            Please visit http://apptools.com/rants/framesevil.php and
            http://www.tjkdesign.com/articles/frames/ to learn more.

            • 3. Re: I am a realtive NEWBIE Need help..
              Level 7

              "amiart" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
              news:fc60lh$a7m$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              >I need to know how to get only the middle content to change.. I am not even
              > sure what thats called.. basically I have a header/footer and left and
              > right
              > colum.. I want the navigation on top to change the content in the middle..
              > Please help if you can..
              > Thanks

              Just to expand upon the useful responses from Murray and "Mr. Mustard" -

              You really don't *need* frames to do what you're describing. If you design
              your site with "flat pages", as Murray says, and do it carefully, clicking
              from page to page will have almost exactly the same appearance as it would
              if you used frames. It's a little like those animated "flip-books" we used
              to have as kids - the parts that don't change look as if they haven't moved
              at all.

              How to "carefully design" those pages? The easiest for a beginner would
              probably be by using a Dreamweaver template. You can read in the Help files
              about them - they aren't hard to use, if you keep it simple.

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