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    I designed and maintain a website for a flyshop. I was careful to test it in several browsers for compatiblity, however a frequent visitor to the site is reporting a display problem. He is using Netscape 4.7 and the problem is the bottom frame, which contains the menu buttons, is not showing on his computer most of the time after he goes to another page on the site.

    I have tried to reproduce this problem using Netscape 4.7, but the site frames work fine everytime. I've run out of ideas as to what may be causing his problem, I'm a full time flyfisher and HTML is a hobby....any help would be appreciated.
    If its any help you can view the site at http://www.flyfishersparadise.com

    Jim

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    I am not sure of the exact nature of your problem, however, I did find one concerning the navigation display in the bottom frame.

    The frame is set so that it will not allow for horizontal scroling. If the viewer has his or her resolution set smaller then what your images will allow for, they become cut off.

    This may be the problem your friend is experiancing.

    IMHO,
    Westmich

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    I suggest removing the frames all together. It would not be hard to just put the navigation at the top and bottom of your pages. This would eliminate the frame problem, which will be hard to solve since you cant duplicate it and two frames are unreliable as it is. Frames are also looked down upoun as bad design. Just some suggestions!

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    Frames are looked upon as bad design only because they are not used properly on 90% of the sites that use them. Background images are looked down upon in general as bad design because 90% of the sites that use them are poorly designed. Frames like any other tool in a webmaster's arsenal can be very effective if properly used and layed out.

    Now on to the original problem. The navigation is two complex. You have two many buttons and choices in the bottom frame. I think a simpler navigation scheme is in order.

    Here the use of frames doesn't lead to a more robust navigation system. Your site fits nicely on my screen at 1024X768 and 800X600 but it wouldn't work at 640X480. Since it seems to me that a good portion of your target audience would be comprised of elderly retired people (many of whom have failing eyesite) that you would want to design for 640X480 resolution. This would enable them to see your site in crisp clear letters because everything is larger by default.

    For ideas on design look at www.coolhomepages.com and read the articles 0n the webmasterbase.com site.

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