Frame sets management in RoboAuthor
RoboAuthor can manage the frames in a very simple way, with drag & drop.
Each RoboAuthor page can be the “master” page of a frame set, i.e. can “contain” frames. To see the master page of a frameset, simply uncheck in the main menu “Hypertext >Show frames”. The master page is the only one that will be seen by users that are using non-frame-capable browsers (palm-top, set top box, old browsers). With the left mouse button () you can define any frame as “master”. If you create frames with drag & drop, the default master frame is the lowest frame in the rightmost column.
Please notice that all pages included in a frame set exist also as single pages. For example, if you open this manual in the editor (the file is indexRA.aeh) you will see that the first page includes two frames: the master is page #0 (it coincides with the page itself), the other is page #34.
In all RoboAuthor preview windows (for example the preview dialogs you see when you define a link, “Insert >Link
” o “Insert >Special Link
”) the editor shows just the master page, and does not show contained frames, if indeed any exist.
Even if it is possible to not show the master page at all (i.e. the two frames contained in page #0 of this hypertext may be page #34 and page #35, if you want) this practice it is strongly discouraged.
If a regular link
points to a page which is in the master frame of a frame set, then that frame set gets loaded. If a special link
points to a page which is in the master frame of a page set, the setting of "Target window/frame shows as" determines if only the page or the frameset gets displayed.
Finally, please notice that special links work only in “read only” mode. If you click a special link in the editor, it will work as a normal link.
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