Using HTML Frames and Forms, it is possible in good HTML to emulate the way
the older browsers (most notably Mosaic) would implement
if present in the file. Mosaic in fact served as the exact template for how this
looks, for example by putting the
<ISINDEX> widget window at
the bottom of the screen, using the "Search Index:" prompt that Mosaic
uses (and the grey color, matching the color and texture of the window), and even
that something entered therein will be passed alone to the next program.
There are several things involved in making all this come about. At the top
level is the use of the HTML Frame, and here I define a small frame window at the
bottom just the right size to place the
window in, leaving all the rest of the screen to serve as the scrollable display
text. There isn't much to it, and the only other thing is that within the
<NOFRAMES> portion I write that Frames must be operative and
enabled in order for this example to function. I did not attempt to make it
work in any pre-frames browser, including Mosaic.
The top file is perfectly conventional HTML 4.01 Transitional and merely
contains this explanatory material, artificially lengthened by additional
material at the end included merely to enable it to scroll even on a large screen
thus showing how the
<ISINDEX> widget was not part of that
portion but existed outside of it.
The bottom file is where the FORM has been used instead of ISINDEX, since
several options were needed which the HTML grammar of ISINDEX does not readily
admit to some of these options, especially within the HTML standard. For one
thing, I used a
SIZE attribute with a value of 55 which closely
approximates the size of the window as drawn on Mosaic. I also used the same
typeface as shows on Mosaic for the prompt string, as well as the same textual
One significant thing not possible with any non-proprietary extension of
ISINDEX is the use of the
TARGET attribute to
so as to cause the result of the form to be displayed in the topmost window.
In Mosaic, when something is entered and another page comes up (presumably the
page generated as a result of the search string), that page may not have the
widget but simply display as a normal page, which in this emulator means that
the frame and the lower portion must disappear when something is entered, and
that is done by going to the top level, and thus out of the frame.
There is one other much more subtle thing done, and that has to do with
the name of the
<INPUT> window. Normally, in forms the
name becomes part of the string. So, for example, if we had named it
NAME="FIRSTFIELD" then in the return string
(or postfix data where
METHOD="POST") there would be
an expression, FIRSTFIELD=YourInput and the code that processes
the result would have to strip this off. However, when used on an
<INPUT> field alone, type equal
TEXT, and is
named "isindex," an interesting thing happens, if you are using either
Microsoft Explorer or the older Netscape versions (prior to Version 5).
There is no "this equals that" in the returned search string, only the
entered string itself, with the same url encoding as is used on a regular
<ISINDEX> search string returned to the server.
I don't know of any place that this
feature is documented, but it seems to be a norm for at least these two very
There is one substantial difference from how this is used in Mosaic, and
that probably could have been overcome by having the main FRAMESET file be
only what comes up when there is no search string, and then it and the other
files would all have to be dynamically generated (tricky, but I think possible)
whereas here I have taken advantage of the
ACTION attribute which
is not the proprietary extension when used on a FORM as it is when used for the
ISINDEX. So one could have one (or here three) simple hard-coded files for the
search input string acceptance and then only need to generate the file
resulting from the search itself as the whole screen.
When the string has been entered, I here use the same processing action
file as is used for the proprietary
ACTION attribute or the
fully generated file example. One can see from when that program gets an
input string it simply echoes it, of course cleaning up any HTML-sensitive
characters before output.
What follows is being used here as mere text bulk to demonstrate the
scrolling function of a properly implemented
HEAD widget window. Ideally, it is permitted only once in the HEAD and if
present there ought to be implemented in this manner, and only inserted as a
widget window in the flow of text at the point(s) it is present in the BODY.
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