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linking to a page within a nested frameset

Im sure im not the first person to ask this but ive spent a few days trawling the web to no avail.
i want to create a banner to my site that will open a specific page which is located within the frameset. when i do a link it simply opens the page without the frameset, which is not what i am wanting.

the frameset structure is: index.htm, top.htm, bottom.htm, left.htm, right.htm and main.htm ( letterbox frameset where main is the content)

i want to be able to create a link ie: www.xxx.com/pages/bba.htm and for when the page is accessed directly to have it open in its frameset, im using dreamweaver mx with javascript to try and solve the issue.

Can anyone help?
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rockmansatticCommented:
if I understand correctly.  your banner is in top.htm and when you click it you want main.htm to go to a specific page?
 

<a href="goto.htm" target="main"><img src="banner.gif" width="500" height="100" border="0"></a>

change main to the name of the frame src in index.htm

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winny57Author Commented:
Sorry, i might not have made this very clear. the banner will be located uon another site, i want the user to be able to click on it and have link through to a page within the site. ie/bba.htm

if i do this with a link it normally opens the page without the framset, i want it to open the page within the frameset.

I hope this clarifys some more. i can post a url if thats needed to show what i mean
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rockmansatticCommented:
You are asking to do something that cannot be directly done.

This is one of the downsides of frames.

Remember, when you are viewing a page with frames, you are looking at the index.htm, which is only code.  It calls the other pages to be in the frames.

I guess you could somehow use php or vbscript to 'chech' if there is a certain variable in the link from the banner (i.e. http://here.com/index.htm?page=thispage.htm)
and if this exists, then automatically have that page load into the main frame.  

OR

If you are only going to have this one banner goto this one page (unique for the reason of simplisity)
You can create another frames page (index2.htm) and make the link from the banner go to this page.  This page would then load the pages you wish into the frames. I would not do this if you are planning on having several banners going to several pages.

Make sense?
<frameset rows="80,*" cols="*" frameborder="NO" border="0" framespacing="0">
  <frame src="banner.htm" name="top" scrolling="NO" noresize>
  <frameset cols="80,*" frameborder="NO" border="0" framespacing="0">
    <frame src="left.htm" name="lef" scrolling="NO" noresize>
    <frame src="goto.htm" name="main">
  </frameset>
</frameset>


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