Definition: Frames, iframes, Framing techniques

According to Wikipedia: When using web browsers, the term frame refers to the display of one or more web pages or media elements displayed within the same browser window. The web or media elements that go in a frame may come from the same website or other websites.

Thus framing techniques can enable pages on one website to display content that is actually located on another. This practice is controversial because it can:

  • mislead advertisers about the number of web visitors,
  • enable a website to display pictures and other content without the permission or knowledge of the copyright owner.
    Graphic News’ Website User Terms therefore expressly ban the use of framing and similar techniques without permission.
However, Graphic News actively encourages the use of iframes by Publishers (providing they have the appropriate permission) as an easy way to publish iGraphics -- All graphics are hosted on Graphic News servers for this purpose. Web editors simply paste the appropriate cut-and-paste embed code onto their web page. They don’t even have to download the graphic unless they want to.
  • This avoids compatibility issues associated with the way some content management systems are constructed, and avoids the need to embed enabling javascript onto pages showing iGraphics.
  • If an iGraphic is hosted on a Graphic News server, any updates and bug-fixes will be automatically displayed (particularly important for iGraphics which include live data), and the graphic will load the Adobe Typekit fonts licensed by Graphic News without any additional configuration. The appearance of the text in the graphic will therefore be as intended, independent of the system or browser used by the viewer.
Alternatively, Publishers can download iGraphics or request they be sent by FTP (at an additional cost), and publish with iframes or without iframes

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