As I stated, it's not a true html frame, but that doesn't change the fact that from the user's standpoint, it's just as bad. True, this means that the page content won't show up separately from the frame in search results, one of the worst problems with html frames, but it's still a frame from the point of view of the user.
"I agree with your other points 100%. However this part...
I'm sorry but that's a completely false statement. There is no one person in charge of dictating what is in style and what isn't. There are MANY MANY MANY well dessigned sites that use frames."
By "out of style," I merely meant that there are obviously far, far fewer sites today that use frames than there were five or six years ago. It's rare to see a new site that uses frames today, compared with when Netscape first invented them, when they were used everywhere. You can probably still find a new site that uses frames, but they probably have a very good use for them other than asthetics or taste (for instance, the way about.com uses a frame when sending you off-site; it wants to keep its ads on your screen--isn't that a great use of frames??).
And this departure from frames was based on numerous user studies, as well as in-the-field tests of website conversions, and opinion polls, all of which showed that users hated frames. Just check out Jakob Nielsen's site ( http://useit.com ) for this information.
I wouldn't dwell on the point except that frames are so widely regarded as bad web design that it's upsetting to see a good designer unaware of their problems.