Embed External Content via iframe and div

By using an <iframe> within a <div>, it is possible to include external web content in most any web document. This method serves as an excellent alternative to actual frames, which are not as flexible and definitely not as popular. Indeed, with CSS, the placement, sizing, and styling of div’s provides endless possibilities for embedding external or even internal web content into pages that would otherwise require the use of frames, Flash, or JavaScript. This method works on any modern browser, as well as any old browser that understands both <div> and <iframe> tags.


Simply add the following code to your document and style according to your specific needs:

<div style="position:absolute; left:77; top:77; width:377; height:377; clip:rect(0,381,381,0); background:#FFF;">

 <iframe src="http://www.google.com/" width="377" height="377" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="no" scrolling="yes" style="border-width:2px; border-color:#333; background:#FFF; border-style:solid;">


Commented version

Here is the code again, this time commented with explanatory information:

<div style="
   clip: rect(0,381,381,0); // right-clip equal to div width plus total border width
                            // bottom-clip equal to div height plus total border height
   position:absolute;       // used for positioning and may or may not be required
   background: #FFF;        // background color of div may or may not be seen
   height: 377;             // height of window (div) that contains the iframe content
   width: 377;              // width of window (div) that contains the iframe content
   left: 77;                // absolute position of window (div) from the left edge of browser
   top: 77;                 // absolute position of window (div) from the top edge of browser

   src="http://google.com/" // location of external resource 
   width="377"              // width of iframe should match the width of containing div
   height="377"             // height of iframe should match the height of containing div
   marginwidth="0"          // width of iframe margin
   marginheight="0"         // height of iframe margin   
   frameborder="no"         // frame border preference
   scrolling="yes"          // instructs iframe to scroll overflow content
      border-style: solid;  // border style
      border-color: #333;   // border color
      border-width: 2px;    // border width
      background: #FFF;     // background color


Please note that many of the tag attributes (e.g., position, width, height, etc.) may be removed the (X)HTML markup and included externally by adding the appropriate id hooks (e.g., id="division" and id="iframe") and styling via an external CSS document.