Gonoff writes: Last year, I decided to broaden my abilities a little and started an evening, 2 year, university course. This year a major part of what I am doing is web development and I will be creating a website.
I had never used Dreamweaver before so I expected to have to learn but what caught my attention was the huge dislike I see the course leader has for frames.
I had already read Jakob Neilsens material but being keen to learn, I read it again. Much of what he put in seems completely out of date now.
The only browser I have that can't do frames is Lynx.
All major development packages do them a lot better than when that article was written — Dreamweaver, Frontpage or even Open Office do them fine. I find that it is not too hard in a text editor either...
Obviously, I will do it the way that I am instructed. I just can't see wanting to do it this way for real afterwards. Templates and layers seem much more complicated and I suspect that they are less simple to maintain once a site goes live. I know the need for maintainable source code. Surely maintainable HTML is the same?
What do other people think? Forget aesthetics and coolness. Can people convince me that this is a better way to work?
Gonoff writes: The BBC tells us that a court in China has found in favour of a search engine that gave links to where people could find, supposedly illegal,.MP3s.
Is this a case decided on its merits, or is it the result of "guidance" from further up? If it is the latter, will it be a precedent? If the decision was made on its meris, will the authorities allow it to stand?