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Hi everyone!

I really *dislike intensely* frames.  I've got a situation of a very long list to place on a page, the contents of which are important to be searched.  Instead of dragging this list out for miles and miles on a page, I'm trying to find useful alternative solutions to reserve space.

One alternative is an inline frame.  

Another, is a javascript scroller, which seems to be working great.  It has an up and down arrow, is not a separate file, and aside from viewers not having a conventional scroll bar (I bet I could make these up down buttons a whole lot bigger), it has the same end effect.

In terms of being properly indexed, which do you think is best?    

In addition, I can take all the code this scroller produces from the head and place it into an external .js file.  Still needs to be loaded, but it's not in the important file.
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by:coreybryant
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Well a third option is also CSS (div).  That is what I have used in the past.  It is my understanding that most SE do not read the iframes & most are unable to parse the javascript so anything that you have in there will not be read.  

But using a div in CSS - that should alleviate both of your problems.

-Corey
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by:linque
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Hi Corey

but can a div have scrolling functionality?  If so, I think I am not sure how to do that..
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by:coreybryant
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Yes - take a look @ www.rockctech.com - that scroll is a div actually.  I used a cell to expand everything & then used:
#main
{
width:100%;
height:100%;
overflow:auto;
}

-Corey
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by:linque
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that's very kewl, and will probably work for me as well.  what about browser compatability?  should I be worried about that in this case?
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:)  Had to do a little research on this.  I usually program it & that is it.

For the oveflow, width, height: http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/browser_support/page_layout.html

Most of the main & up to date browsers seem to support it.

-Corey


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by:linque
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thank you Corey for your time, effort, clarity and "EXPERT-ise"  :)

linque
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by:coreybryant
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Anytime.   Good luck with the site!  There are some fantastic CSS experts in that topic when you get ready to tackle that :)

-Corey
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