Link target demonstration

Stop press: Jan 2008: HTML 5 announced as a draft: no frames at all - huzzah. So, in ten years, this article may be entirely irrelevant...

This page shows a common mistake: the target on the extra frames link in the coloured area below is wrong, so the frameset is nested inside itself: you can see which lower frame is the current one by using the letters to change the contents.

The opposite mistake is to remove the frameset altogether, so valuable navigational aids are lost. If the resulting 'orphan' page has no links in it, users may be unable to go anywhere else in a site - a wasted opportunity for the webmaster!

Important note: the standard footers on this page are automatically generated, and as such do not use frame-busting links. So, if you use them to go to other parts of the site, you will see how the unwanted frame lingers on, not what we wanted at all. This is an illustration of how frames can trip you up if not used very carefully. I suppose I should fix the footers, but not just yet...