this is actually an issue right now, even without using frames. currently on beyond.com's site we are replacing discontinued items with a "not found" error.

ideally, both from marketing's pov and a usability standpoint, we would rather replace it with the replacement item (assuming there is one). unfortunately, we don't have the capability to do that right now.

is anyone handling it differently?

brig

At 05:41 AM 2/4/99 , Michael Albers wrote:
>Many on-line stores and other sites create the page dynamically.  How will
>this affect the use of bookmarking and what type of usability
>considerations will it bring up in the design?
>
>Assume, for an on-line computer store, you bookmark a CD-ROM.  A month
>later, when you can buy it, the store has discontinued that item.  What
>should your bookmark lead to?  Is it the discontinued item, the replacement
>item, or a 'not found' error.
>
>I see that as dynamic page generation uses more information content that is
>truly dynamic (as opposed to static data sitting in a database), that a
>whole new set of issues for effective design and later!! retrieval will
>become an issue.  Is anyone addressing this area now?
>
>Mike Albers



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