Dec. 21, 1995: Asian Arts has begun offering the new Netscape 2.0 frames as a useful navigational device. Although it is not our present default opening screen, you can use it directly by bookmarking this screen.
We have started by instituting a button bar (above) which will stay with you throughout the site. You will be able to travel to any area of Asian Arts via this button bar. As we satisfy ourselves with the stability of frames, we envisage expanding the frames environment to several other levels of Asian Arts in the future.
An important feature of frames which is important in navigating is the novel approach to going back through previous documents:
- Within frame documents, the back button on the Netscape menu bar will send you out of the frame setup entirely and - in the present case - out of Asian Arts. Thus, do not use the Netscape back button to navigate within the frame version of Asian Arts.
- The back and forward buttons and on the button bar (above) will let you navigate through the main display window below the bar without leaving frames. There are a few peculiarities which you should be aware of: 1) unlike the Netscape back button, the back and forward arrows on the button bar do not interrupt the current request; rather, your command is queued. If you use the back or forward button and then press the Netscape "stop" button, you will go backward or forwards. 2) Since it will not take you out of frames, the back arrow on the Asian Arts menu bar will do nothing if you haven't gone somewhere first.
- There is another way to navigate back in the main frame window, which you are in right now; you can also press your right mouse button, select "back" and release. This allows you to navigate within the main display frame (where you are reading this), and is useful when using sites with frames without the back or forward buttons.
- There are times when being "caught" in a frame set is frustrating, so we have added a "noFrames" or zoom button to the menu bar. The NoFrames button (presently for PC users only) loads the document in the display window as the main document, abandoning the frame environment. Since this is a somewhat drastic step, we've added a "are you sure you want to do this?" window. Leaving frames can be particularly helpful if you are visiting our links and want to leave the Asian Arts environment, or if you want to view source or save a file. Please note that once you have left frames, the Netscape "back" button can get you back to the frames environment again, as can the "go" button on the main menu bar.
- Note for Mac users: The NoFrames button does not work as intended on Macs, rather, it will send you to a "document not found" window without leaving frames. But the Mac has a built -in technique for going to another window with the frame document as the main document; press and hold down your mouse and select the bottom option. Hopefully in new versions of Netscape these anomolies will be corrected.
- There is a slight difference between the home page linked by the Asian Arts button on the menu bar (frames home) and the Asian Arts button in text at the top left corner of our main pages (non-frames home), but the differnces are minor and we hope not too disconcerting. The frames home page offers information on frames in the upper center, where the non-frames home offers comment and search.
The wonders of the web!
Please do contact us if you have difficulties or comments, We depend on your feedback to make Asian Arts easier to use and navigate.