Navigating, bookmarking & printing with About's external link frame
About.com currently uses frames to assist visitors in navigating to sites on the web. Please note that the frame is in no way intended to represent these sites as part of About.com. The frame is easy to remove.
Below are some helpful hints for getting the most from the About.com frame. If you have problems with the frame that are not addressed below, or if you simply despise frames and want to tell someone about it, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a webmaster whose site is linked from the Medieval History directory and you have an objection to your site being framed, please contact me.
Don't let the frame throw you! You can bookmark or print a web page just as you ordinarily would, and you can do it without removing the frame, as long as you click in the lower frame first.
The frame can help you find your way back to the About.com page that launched you into the net. You'll notice that no matter where you go within the frame at the showcased site, clicking "Back to Topic Site" will take you right back to the About.com page without necessitating numerous clicks of the Back Button or use of your Go menu. You'll find this useful when you're exploring numerous sites linked from one of our category pages. You should also have no trouble using the Back Button to go to the previous page, whether that page was within the frame or at About.com.
Furthermore, you can still bookmark or print any page you visit without removing the frame. How?
To add a bookmark or favorite, be certain to click inside the lower frame, then:
- Select "Add Bookmark" from the Bookmark menu (in Netscape);
- Select "Add Page to Favorites" from the Favorites menu (in IE); or
- Press Control-D (Mac users press Command-D) in either program
When you use the bookmark to return at a later time, your browser will take you to the page you bookmarked, and the About.com frame will no longer be there.
To print, be certain to click inside the lower frame, then choose "print" or "print frame" from your File menu. Only the contents of the lower frame will be printed, and any URL or page title info you've configured your software to print will pertain to the lower frame and not About.com.
That's it! Easy, huh? This works for any page you visit, not just the first one we link to--so if, for example, you click from the home page of the linked site on to a page of images, using the bookmarking or printing feature would pertain to the image page and not the home page.
Please note, however, that depending on your browser and platform, the name you see in your bookmark (or favorites) menu may not be the title that is coded into the title bar, but may instead be the URL or the name of the file itself. If this is the case with your browser and it causes you any difficulty, you can use an alternate method of bookmarking (see below), or you may prefer to remove the frame.
If the frame annoys you or interferes with your browsing in any way, remove it. There are two ways to do this:
- Click the "Turn off this Top Frame" link at the bottom of the About.com frame; or
- Right-click (Mac users click and hold) inside the lower
frame and choose from the pop-up menu:
- "New Window with this frame" in Netscape, or
- "Open frame in new window" in Internet Explorer
When you click the "Turn off this Top Frame" link, the frame will disappear and the site you're visiting will take up the entire window. However, you will notice that the page you are now viewing is the page the link first took you to, even if you had moved on since coming to the site. In the example above, if you chose to click "Turn off this Top Frame" while viewing the images page, your browser would take you back to the home page, because that's where our link first took you.
If you choose option #2, a separate browser window will open showing only the linked site. In this case, the browser will display whichever page you'd proceeded to when you decided to break out of the frame (in our above example, that would be the images page). You can bookmark, print, or navigate through the site to your heart's content, then close the window when you're done. You'll be left with the framed page you broke out of, and you can click the "Back to Topic Site" link to return to our site.
There may be times you find using the "Turn off this Top Frame" link after you've begun exploring a site works to your advantage. For example, suppose you have visited many pages in a website, and you like it so much you want to bookmark the home page, the first one you visited upon clicking the link from our site. No matter how many pages you've visited since you began, a quick click of the "Turn off this Top Frame" link will take you back to the home page.
Once you have clicked the "Turn off this Top Frame" link, you'll find it a little trickier to go back to the About.com page that sent you to the website. Here are your options:
- Click your back button to get back to the framed site, then click the "Back to Topic Site" link to get back to About.com
- Click your back button twice (once to get back to the framed site, and again to get back to About.com)
- Choose the About.com page from your Go menu
If you removed the frame by breaking out of it into a separate window, all you need do is close that window, then click "Back to Topic Site" in the About.com frame of the remaining window.
There are three ways to bookmark a site you find through About.com:
- Click inside the lower frame, then bookmark the page as you normally would;
- Remove the frame, then bookmark the page; or
- Right-click (Mac users click and hold) inside the frame and
choose from the pop-up menu:
- "Add bookmark" in Netscape, or
- "Add page to favorites" in Internet Explorer
As was mentioned above, if you choose option #1, depending on your browser and platform, the name you see in your bookmark (or favorites) menu may not be the title that is coded into the title bar, but may instead be the URL or the name of the file itself.
Choosing option #2 means you'll have an extra window, so please take your computer's memory capabilities into consideration. (I generally surf with at least half a dozen windows open myself, but I'm a surfaholic with a nice chunk of memory to work with.)
Mac users may have problems with option #3, which may not work in some versions of Netscape.
To the best of my knowledge, you should have no difficulty printing a document while the About.com Featured Link frame is present. Just be sure to click inside the lower frame first; this tells your browser what to print. If, like me, you have configured your printer software to display the URL of the page you are printing, that URL should be the correct address of the website and not About.com's address.
If you have any problems, or if you don't want to take any chances, remove the frame as instructed above. If you notice any discrepancies between these instructions and the way your software works, please contact me with the details. Include your platform, browser, and browser version, as well. And many thanks for your feedback!
Occasionally you'll click an About.com link that will take you to an external website, where the page will reload and the frame will disappear. This is due to a special code that the webmaster of the external site has inserted into his page because he doesn't like being framed. You should treat this as if the "Turn off this Top Frame" link was clicked for you. You should still be able to come back to the About.com page via the Go menu or, if you're quick enough, two clicks of the back button.
If you find it impossible to return to the About.com page, please contact me with the URL of the site that is giving you difficulty.
If you have problems with the frame that are not addressed above, or if you simply despise frames and want to tell someone about it, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com. If you are a webmaster whose site is linked from the Medieval History directory and you have an objection to your site being framed, please contact me, and we will work out an arrangement that suits you.
I want to hear from you if you have difficulties that are not resolved by the information above or by the assistance of firstname.lastname@example.org. I do ask, however, that you at least read through the information I have provided here before you fire off an angry email. The use of frames is About.com policy and is completely beyond your Guide's control. The folks at email@example.com are better prepared to help you with technical matters and you will get results much more quickly if you email them first.
If you have tried the above avenues of resolution without succes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include:
- Your computer platform (Windows, Mac, etc.) and version
- The browser and version you're using (Firefox, IE, AOL)
- The specific details of what has gone wrong. Please be as precise as possible! Tell me exactly what you did and what happened, or I will be unable to help you.
If your website is linked from the Medieval History directory and you have an objection to frames, please contact me, and please include:
- The name of your website
- The URL of your website
- The name (or URL) of the directory page that links to your site
Since the Medieval History directory includes hundreds of pages and links to well over 1,000 websites, I would very much appreciate your help in narrowing down which site is yours.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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