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You can change this setup accidentally. For instance, if you're showing a book page in the big frame and you click on a link in that page for "table of contents," you'll have the table of contents in the big frame and, probably, also in the navigation frame. (You can do worse things, like getting the non-frames table of contents into the table of contents frame. I'm trying to make this work better; I'd be glad to get help from frames gurus.) In general, avoid clicking links to "table of contents" in the big frame. If worse comes to worst, tell your browser to go back to the MH book home page (the index.html file) -- with your "back" button, with a bookmark, or with the URL -- and re-start the frames interface. I hope that the setup will feel more natural after you use it for a little while. (If it doesn't, or you have suggestions, please mail me a comment! Click on my name below.)
The first time I used frames, my big confusion was that the Back/Forward buttons on the menu bar didn't work within a particular frame. In the X Window version of Netscape 2.0, at least, you go to back/forward contents of a frame by pressing the right mouse button within that frame. You'll get a Back/Forward menu for that frame.
Thanks to Alex Plotnick for the idea of making a frames interface. He also wrote the first version of this.
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This file first appeared in the updated online edition of the book MH & nmh: Email for Users & Programmers, by Jerry Peek. Copyright © 1997 by Jerry Peek. This file is freely available; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. For more information, see the file copying.htm.
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