main frame variables passed to content frame

ok, I have a strange one but I'de like to know if its possible. I have a frameset composed of two frames, a left and a right. left being navigation and right being content.  When I pass variables to the main frameset, how do I send the variables to the left frame without using one php file to build the frame?

url to frameset:

frameset.php?something=this

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frameset.php:

<frameset cols="170,100%*" frameborder="NO" border="0" framespacing="0" rows="*">
  <frame name="leftFrame" scrolling="NO" noresize src="left.php">
  <frame name="mainFrame" src="content.php" scrolling="AUTO">
</frameset>

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left.php:

????
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lozlozCommented:
can you clarify what you mean, i don't quite understand? if you want a link to open in one of the frames without having to change the entire frameset, you just need to link with the target as the name of the frame.. e.g. <a href="left.php?variable=something target="leftFrame">Click here</a>

loz
dsynAuthor Commented:
I'm linking to the main frame page like this:
<a href="frameset.php?something=this">link</a>

so the left frame needs to be able to parse it, but the frameset itself (in the code) doesn't have any variables in it.

does that help? maybe?
lozlozCommented:
so why not just have

<frameset cols="170,100%*" frameborder="NO" border="0" framespacing="0" rows="*">
  <frame name="leftFrame?something=<? print $_GET["something"]; ?>" scrolling="NO" noresize src="left.php">
  <frame name="mainFrame" src="content.php" scrolling="AUTO">
</frameset>

and then do more parsing in left.php

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dsynAuthor Commented:
what is this? $_GET["something"];  

does that get variables directly from the address bar?
Muhammad WasifCommented:
yes, you can get the parameters passed in adress bar with $_GET
e.g

blahblah.com?something=some_text

echo $_GET["something"];

WASIF




dsynAuthor Commented:
whoa, that's cool!

I'm gonna try that first thing tomorrow.. I'l let ya' know.. I'm still just starting out with php, so thanks for bearing with me.
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