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<frame> is an HTML element which defines a particular area in which another HTML document can be displayed. A frame should be used within a <frameset>.

Using the <frame> element is not encouraged because of certain disadvantages such as performance problems and lack of accessibility for users with screen readers. Instead of the <frame> element, <iframe> may be preferred.


Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes.

This attribute is specify document which will be displayed by frame.
This attribute is used to labeling frames. Without labeling all links will open in the frame that they are in.
This attribute avoid resizing of frames by users.
This attribute defines existence of scrollbar. If this attribute is not used, browser put a scrollbar when necessary. There are two choices; "yes" for showing a scrollbar even when it is not necessary and "no" for do not showing a scrollbar even when it is necessary.
This attribute defines how tall the margin between frames will be.
This attribute defines how wide the margin between frames will be.
This attribute allows you to put borders for frames.


<frameset cols="50%,50%">
  <frame src="" />
  <frame src="" />

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