Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 15:20:16 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <email@example.com>
Subject: browser problem
As you may have concluded from a recent announcement on Humanist,
completion of my Analytical Onomasticon to the Metamorphoses of Ovid is
relatively near at hand. For that reason, I am beginning to let some of the
interface issues bother me, and one in particular has me worried because it
seems to be a browser problem in no way caused or provoked by anything
under my control. I'd be very grateful for any insights you may have.
Teachnically the Onomasticon consists of a set of densely interlinked HTML
files generated from the encoded text by perl scripts; a very small amount
synchronised. (It will help if you can have the Onomasticon Sampler on
screen to see how the following works -- please refer to
<http://wlm.cc.kcl.ac.uk/onomasticon-sample/>.) Typically the user clicks
on a book-and-line reference in the left-hand frame to see the cited line
with tags appear in the right-hand frame. On the PC, in Netscape, a common
problem is that the cited line often (but not always) appears partially or
wholly beyond the top of the frame, forcing the user to scroll the frame up
a bit to see the line. This is a small annoyance that quickly becomes a big
As far as I can tell, the problem occurs only with Netscape, not with
Internet Explorer, and only in the PC version of Netscape. (The Mac version
that I have worked with has an even more annoying problem; it causes a
referenced file to be reloaded every time you click on a link to another
location in the same file.) I could simply tell my readers to use Explorer
but would rather not force anyone to change browsers, for obvious reasons.
Besides I prefer Netscape, for stylistic reasons.
Any ideas on how to avoid the problem?
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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
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