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Frames stripping heading on Homework Central


This is a message that I am passing on as a public service announcement.

--Allen G. Collins, UCMP

>>The topic of this post may NOT be of interest to many of you,
>>so delete away. But, if you have (or your institution has) a
>>website dealing with paleontology then you might read on.
>>An interesting letter came to us at UCMP some months ago.
>>A teacher was sharing with us an exchange that she had with
>>the operators of a website called homeworkcentral
>>She told the operators of homeworkcentral that it was difficult
>>for her students to tell from where they were actually obtaining
>>information over the net when they used homeworkcentral
>>because of the way homeworkcentral uses frames. The frames
>>of homeworkcentral will display entire external sites without
>>displaying the URLs or the title tags. The response by
>>homeworkcentral was an unabashed statement that frames that
>>constatnly display advertising and make it difficult for end-users
>>to leave homeworkcentral is how they make their money.
>>Well, that did not sit too well with us, and I am willing to hear
>>otherwise, but imagine that it does not sit too well with you
>>either. So, at UCMP, we now include a few lines of Javascript
>>that breaks out of frames at the beginning of many of our pages.
>>Those lines are at the end of this letter if you would like to use
>>them or pass them on to your local webmaster.
>>If you have a site dealing with paleo, then HomeworkCentral
>>probably has your site assimilated. And HomeworkCentral
>>is not alone. Dillweed.com does it. And, here is a quick
>>message that I sent to another outfit called,
>>StudyWeb (http://www.studyweb.com/).
>>>Re: Evolution and Phylogeny
>>>To whom it may concern:
>>>I am surprised and dismayed to see that you have
>>>neither a section on phylogeny, the science of
>>>biological relationships, or a section on
>>>evolution, under the topic of Biology. On the
>>>other hand, you include sections on "Aliens
>>>Among Us" and "Angels". StudyWeb purports to
>>>be an education resource. Including the topics
>>>I suggest will go a long way toward making your
>>>website useful to young biologists.
>>>A second note:
>>>It is not fair, and I hope someday not legal, to
>>>incorporate entire external websites into your
>>>frames. The way you do this hides the actual
>>>URL address, i.e., the true server of the
>>>information, from end-users. This is misleading,
>>>and you'll find that more and more sites,
>>>incuding the one I administer, will not allow
>>>this to be done.
>>The he'pful folk at StudyWeb ignored the second
>>note (and sent me the output from a search of their
>>links using the terms phylogeny and evolution as
>>a response to the first note.)
>>Perhaps we are (or I am) overreacting to this business of
>>frames. They do make it convenient for the end-user.
>>Maybe I could start to cleverly incorporate other paleo

>>sites right into our pages. . . .we could use a nice
>>exhibit on the Devonian of New York. . . .
>>--Allen G. Collins, UCMP, allenc@ucmp1.berkeley.edu
>><SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
>>        <!--
>>        if (document.referrer == "" ||
>>document.referrer.indexOf("www.ucmp.berkeley.edu") == -1)
>>                { if (self != top) top.location.href =
window.location.href; }
>>         //-->
>>"www.ucmp.berkeley.edu" should be changed to the name of your
>>server to allow you to display your pages in frames if you choose
>>to do so.
Roger A. Stephenson
Assistant Director
The Grand River Museum
Lemmon, South Dakota