This tutorial is divided into five main lessons on how to use HTML frames: laying out frames, targeting frames, targeting windows, tags, and an appendix for advanced topics. The first two lessons are for novices and the remaining three for advanced developers. A frequently asked questions list is included that also serves as a mechanism for contacting the author directly.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
For the student to understand the use of frames over a broad range of situations.
Target Student Population:
College/high school level with knowledge of web page creation using html.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
User needs competence in creating HTML documents.
The module defines terms and progresses logically from simple to complex
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The module contains links to each of five main parts with sublinks that serve as a section overview. It is easy to read and reviews the essential content from previous lesson at beginning of next lesson. Given that the tutorial is a series of modules that build, it is quite time consuming to use. Usefulness would be based on nature of assignment created to go with it. By itself the module is really an illustrated reading
The module assumes the user has basic knowledge of html and assumes users will know how to adjust code should they choose to practice using Netscape Composer. Perhaps author should recommend technical requirements for using the material. Frames (as a part of HTML) are not nearly as popular today as they were around 1997 or 1998. The author lists some of the drawbacks of frames in the tutorial and learners familiar with HTML (but not frames) will understand the reasons why frames have lost some popularity. (For example, the right mouse click on a link as described in the tutorial.)
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The module provides an excellent use of graphics to illustrate explanations. There is a good use of forward and reverse links included at both top and bottom of page. There is also good use of white space. While screen appearance has blue background, it is deactivated when the document is printed.
There is a lack of interactivity to practice what is being taught. Additionally, one cannot move from one lesson to the next without going back to main page.
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