13.0195 ideas on browser problem?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sun, 19 Sep 1999 15:26:20 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 195.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Sun, 19 Sep 1999 15:20:16 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
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
of Javascript is included to keep the three frames of the Onomasticon
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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