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Frames are not panes. In my lexicon, frames are generally independently
scrollable sections, where panes are simply visible divisions of the
window (actually most often dialog boxes). A perfect example of panes is
the Windows Print dialog, which has panes labeled Printer, Print Range,
Copies, etc. Frames are generally found on web pages and actually function
as a separate web page, but one which is visible with the main content
I suppose the Windows Explorer use of the term pane is an anomaly. Go
figure.....! Microsoft inconsistent???
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Shaeffer" <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2000 1:04 PM
Subject: RE: Frames are panes ???
> The following, just for fun, are from the Microsoft Manual of Style:
> Use only to refer to the separate areas of a split or single window. For
> example, in Windows Explorer, the names of all the folders can appear in
> pane and the contents of a selected folder in the other pane. Use
> for pane names, as in "the annotation pane."
> Avoid in end-user documentation to refer to a nonbrowser section of a
> page. Also avoid in technical documentation unless you are specifically
> referring to frame technology, not just a section of the page. (Many Web
> sites use tables, not frames, to divide a page.)
> "Frame" has a number of other computer meanings (see the Microsoft Press
> Computer Dictionary), so be sure to define it if the context is unclear.
> End Quotes.
> No further comment.
> Jim Shaeffer