>If I run out of space for tags on my frames index page, can I put
>the other tags on the opening pages within that page .. like the
>button page for example?
You can put them anywhere you want, but getting rid of the frames is the best course of action.
>Will a search engine use those tags to direct a user to the overall
>framed page or will the user just see the framed page with nothing
The typical search eiongine will see FRAMESET and leave your site.
IF it gets indexed, the link will take the user to the URL, and they
will not see the frames you thought they would. There is no way to
force their browser back into the frameset that I know of.
>Why does this have to be so difficult?? :-)
Because Nerdscape invented frames?
Let me ask you this: what are you doing on your site that makes frames ESSENTIAL? Why are you spending this much time and effort for a technique that is so detrimental to your ability to publicize the site, users to bookmark the page of interest, etc. ?