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Introducing Frames

What is a frame? Well, frame is a panel of text or image or both - located at a particular geographical location of a page. A frame is not unlike a table - except that a frame does not have columns or rows. But, then you can have a frame with its child frames which can be arranged in columns and/or rows.

Your Newsletter pages each may contain one or more frames. And, as noted above a frame may contain other frames. You need not have any frame in your page at all. But you'll find that using frames makes formating contents of your page so much easier. This is particularly true if you have lots of text and graphics mingled together.

Two Kinds of Frame

MailDirect Editor uses two types of frames - floating frame and positional frame. Floating frames are also known as relative frame because their location is noted relative to their parent. On the other hand relative or positional frames do have their own relative locational x and y coordinates. The beauty is that if you include positional frames in a floating frame, their resulting relative location details become, in effect, relative to their immediate parent. Thus if the parent is moved from on place to another - the contained positional frames need not change their coordinates - they move with their parent with the same relative location in the parent.

Normally you should insert a floating frame first as the base frame underlying the entire page. The base frame will act as the container of child frames - with their particular locations - in turn containing the actual text or image data. In other words, the floating frame need not (but may) contain text or graphics on their own.

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