What you can do, though, is to experiment with the fix. It is obvious that some elements of this are very useful. This is what we try to show in our little experiment.
The subwindows may be given names so that you may direct the result of a link in one subwindow to another (URL target).
It is also possible to direct the result to a whole new web-browser window.
The "back" functionality is given new meaning in this context. On my unix workstation it works like this:
Some weak points
It is (almost) impossible to get access to the URL of a subwindow. The "Add bookmark" always points to the main frames-layout document, no matter how far you've linked in a subwindow. This means that if you're using frames, you should leave the frames-fix when your links point out of your context.
If a link in a subwindow links to a new frames document it is impossible to get back to the originating subwindow.
If you're using imagemapping it is possible to direct the link result to one and only one other window. You can't target the URLs in the map-file.
Daphne also pointed out that when a link targets a new browser window this fact is not always obvious to the user, especially when the screensize is small.
Do you know how to get around these features? Send us a mail.
Some did, too:
In the normal www service of the library the documents are headed by a logo with links to the main services (searching, news, books, periodicals etc). These links and a few additions are now placed in the right margin and remain there.
First, even though we're a part of larger library community (BIBSYS) we hold a local copy of our catalogue for experimental purposes in a local database system (TRIP). We have programmed a http-frontend to this system.
If you use the Search link in the right margin, the subwindow to the left will be divided into three windows (horizontally):
When you perform several searches, you may switch between the hitlists in the middle subwindow. Likewise you may switch between records in the lower subwindow. (If your netscape browser allows you, see above).
This three-window search logic resembles the functionality we had in a Xwindows interface three years ago programmed in Simula with a local routine library (windowtools). We had to give this up, when the web was introduced.
Our floor plan is linked to the library catalogue.
If you click on Floor plan in the right margin, a floor plan of our little library will appear on the left. If you click on a section in the main room, the subwindow will be divided vertically into two new subwindows. The leftmost contains a detailed map of the section. A further click (on a subject group or a shelf) will result in a description of the classification of that shelf.
This classification contains two links (targeted as a new browser) into our catalogue. The first (the classification code) points to a list of books on that location, the second to books located elsewhere in the collection.
The right margin also contains three button for different requests to the library. These links generate a new browser window with a fill in form suited that kind of request.
Visit the frames pages in our library (not necessary if you're already there).