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When using frontpage to build web pages where all the content is placed in tables (for formating reasons) and some of the content has links to external sites when you hit the return button on the browser to get back to the original web page you don’t come back to the same spot where the link you clicked on is at. This same thing does not happen on web sites I have created with other editors where I use tables in exactly the same way. Here is an example of the problem http://www.feral.net/freshstart/test/plan_test3.htm - go about half way down the page and click on any link that goes out of the  site, when you return with the back button you always go to the middle of the page. Some times this exact same thing happens except you always return to the top.
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The problem is in the use of the HTTP-EQUIV that Microsoft Frontpage automatically includes in all documents created using it.  Delete that line using another editor and them try to see if you problem still exists.  Also, It could also be the browser that you are using.  If it is Netscape, it could be that Netscape does not obey all the Microsoft commands and the code is read and interpretted in a different manner.  If this is the case, you will have to either use another editor or this problem cannot be solved.
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I should add that the problem does not exist only with pages created by Frontpage, many sites exhibit this same problem including the cnn (www.cnn.com ) and david siegel's Killer Web Site site ( www.killersites.com , neither of which was create with FP. We suspect it has something to do with fixed width tables and fixed cell widths. Here's a url where netscape back button works correctly http://www.enn.com/planetenn/050597/feature5.htm

Appreciate any help you can offer.

Richard
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OK... The problem that I see is that the browser that you are using reads the open tag for the table.  It doesn't read the contents of the tag and is programmed to open at the top of the table.  This is a problem that both Microsoft and Netscape both faced, but only Netscape fixed their's in the 3.01 release.  You may want to try and download the 3.01 release for Netscape.  Maybe even Netscape Gold 3.01 which actually is supposed to be the exact same browser as the normal Netscape. When actually upon review it is noted that in the normal Netscape it calls for files that sometimes conflict with other programs such as dial-up networking.  When this problem was corrected in Netscape Gold 3.01.  Just get Netscape 3.01 or wait for Netscape Communicator.  IE 4 will also give Netscape a run for their money introducing dynamic html.
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