[Athen] FW: couple questions about frames

Howard Kramer howard.kramer at colorado.edu
Mon Aug 10 11:37:25 PDT 2015

I had a colleague ask me about this and wasn't sure of the answer. I'm sure there are people on this list who have the definitive answer and others who would be interested in hearing the discussion.


-----Original Message-----
From: Amelia Dickerson [mailto:ameliadickerson at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:42 AM
To: Howard Kramer <howard.kramer at colorado.edu>
Subject: couple questions about frames

Why are people not supposed to use frames in HTML5? Are there new tools they can use to present the same thing-- basically info from various pages all on one page? Or is there something else going on?

And what is the difference between an in-line frame and a regular frame? I was looking at articles from Penn State and WebAIM that were saying the iframes are accessible with modern screen readers. As a general rule, I find this to be true, but I haven't figured out how to get into an iframe on an IOS device, although I've figured it out with everything else. So, I'm a little confused, because they talk about iframes like they should be no problem for screen readers-- as long as they are appropriately titled- but that isn't exactly my experience.
Is there an extra factor they might be throwing in there to make it more complicated?

I'd appreciate any of your insight if you have a few minutes.

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