July Jargon Buster: What is an iframe?
July 27, 2017
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This months Jargon Buster is all about iframes, which as Andrew suggested would be fantastic name should Apple decide to start making glasses, and is something if you will have come across without even realising!
Iframe stands for inline frame and is an element of html code that allows an external webpage, or element of a page, to be embedded in the html of another. The iframes can be added anywhere within the layout of the webpage and the height and width at which they are displayed can be manipulated within the html code.
Now we realise we got a little bit techy there talking code and html so we will take this back to basics! If you have ever visited the contact page of a website and noticed a Google map, or viewed a video on a page that was originally posted to YouTube then you have been interacting with content that has been iframed into a webpage. In these instances the web developer will have generated a snippet of code that when inserted into the html of a webpage has pulled the information through from its original source without having to reload the page.
As well as being used to display media within a webpage iframes are also often used by advertisers as a means of displaying ads as they are flexible and can also include a tracking code that allows them to accurately measure the results of specific ad campaigns.