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From: Jim Thatcher
Date: Dec 19, 2003 10:14AM


>However, server side image maps (rationally more sophisticated - think
>mapquest)

Just to keep the facts straight - MapQuest does not use server-side image
maps - though their maps behave like server-side maps because of an onclick
event on the map.

Jim
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-----Original Message-----
From: John Foliot - WATS.ca [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 10:04 AM
To: <EMAIL REMOVED>
Subject: RE: Lynx and imagemaps

Julian,

There are of course two types of image maps, client side and server side.
Providing alt text for the hot spots on a client side map makes it available
to non-visual functionality (lynx, screen readers, etc.) {WCAG 1.1}.
However, server side image maps (rationally more sophisticated - think
mapquest) generally do not have as easily identifiable hot spots, thus the
need for text equivs {WCAG 1.5}.

JF
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Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca 1.866.932.4878 (North America)



> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED>
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> Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 10:08 AM
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> Subject: RE: Lynx and imagemaps
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>
> Many thanks for your correction Joe.
>
> I agree that perhaps I should not have been speculating but without my
> speculation, did anyone else comment on whether Lynx can use image maps or
> not. Not many people use/have Lynx (despite the fact that it is a free
> download) so my speculation led to valuable information.
>
> Perhaps Joe, you could comment on the apparent contradiction between WCAG
> 1.1 and 1.5 where 1.1 recommends alt text for image map hotspots and 1.5
> recommends text links equivalent to the image map hotspots.
>
> Jules
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Joe Clark [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> > Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 8:53 AM
> > To: <EMAIL REMOVED>
> > Subject: Lynx and imagemaps
> >
> >
> > >I haven't used Lynx
> >
> > then you shouldn't be speculating.
> >
> > >but if Opera's text-only mode is representative of Lynx, then image
> > >maps are not visible to Lynx users at all other than perhaps the alt
> > >text of the image as a whole.
> >
> > False. Imagemaps are fully usable, and alt texts are given. Even an
> > imagemap with no alt texts can be used.
>
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