As mentioned earlier, frames don't degrade well. Browsers that don't know frames (for example, Mosaic or Lynx) see none of what was intended to be on the page. That's where <NOFRAMES> comes in. Browsers that know frames will ignore everything between <NOFRAMES> and </NOFRAMES>. Browsers that don't understand frames will also not understand (and therefore ignore) <NOFRAMES>, and display the content. So in our example, someone with a browser that doesn't recognize frames will see this:

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Don't have frames? Take a look at our no-frames version.

It's best to provide no-frames alternatives. There are substantial numbers of people surfing the net who can't see frames. Rude <NOFRAMES> content like "It's time to get a real browser" only serve to make you look like someone who can't create a complete web site.

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