HTML <frame> Tag Not Supported in HTML5

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The <frame> tag defines a single frame within a <frameset>. Each <frame> in a <frameset> can have different attributes, such as border, scrolling, the ability to resize, etc.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Parent: <frameset>
Placement: Block
Content: None. It is an empty element.
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: forbidden
Version: HTML 4 and 4.01 (frameset)

Warning: Do not use this tag since it is a non-standard tag. This tag has been removed in HTML5 and shouldn't be used anymore. Use HTML <iframe>, instead.


The basic syntax of the <frame> tag is given with:

HTML:<frame src="URL">; XHTML:<frame src="URL" />

The example below shows the <frame> tag in action.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Frameset//EN"
    <title>This is a frameset document</title>
    <frame src="sample-a.html" name="frame-a">
    <frame src="sample-b.html" name="frame-b">

Tag-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <frame> tag.

Attribute Value Description
frameborder 0
Instructs the browser whether or not to display a border around the frame. The default value 1.
longdesc URL Specifies a link to a long description of the frame.
marginheight pixels Specifies the amount of space to be left between the frame's contents in its top and bottom margins.
marginwidth pixels Specifies the amount of space to be left between the frame's contents in its left and right margins.
name text Assigns a name to the current frame.
noresize noresize This boolean attribute specifies that the frame window is not resizable by the users.
scrolling yes
Specifies whether overflowing content in frame causes scroll bars to appear or not.
src URL Specifies the location of the document to show inside a frame.

Browser Compatibility

The <frame> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 3+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 4+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Iframes.

Related tags: <frameset>, <iframe>.

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