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Re: image maps


From: Michael Goddard
Date: Sep 13, 2001 3:03PM

I still do not understand this! I know about transparent gifs etc..BUT and
a big BUT a transparent gif is STILL an image and if the browser is set to
not show images then why in the hell is it showing the transparent gifs?
Anyone care to enlighten me on that one!?
Hmm..It might be possibly the "title" that needs to be specified for the
<area> element. I will have to try this later to verify it.
Thank you for the information.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leo Smith" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM forum" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 4:51 PM
Subject: image maps

> >Michael [ I do not see exactly how using transparent gifs would work in
> > scenario you are talking about. If a person disables images within
> > their browser, then the transparent gifs would not be displayable
> > either.]
> Transparent gif's are invisible whether images are turned on or off,
> hence the name transparent. The reason for having a transparent
> gif for each link in the image map (as well as the image map) would
> be so that alt text would display for each link when images are
> turned off in the browsers. When images are turned off in a
> browser, alt text for the individual hotspots (that is, alt text for each
> <area> tag does NOT show - in IE and I imagine in other browsers
> also, although I haven't had a chance to test the others). For alt
> text for a transparent gif, the alt text would display with images off.
> >Michael [ I feel the simpliest solution is to provide an "alt"
> > attribute within the <area> element/tag of the <map> element/tag. So
> > even with the images turned off within the browser, the image map is
> > still loaded within the browser and the area element is still
> > available with the corresponding "alt" description attribute to help
> > identify the hyperlink.]
> No, this is not the case in IE. With images turned off, the individual
> alt text for each <area> element does not show - only the alt text
> for the imagemap image does. Hence, my initial email.
> >Michael [ This is how I have the image map at
> www.ohiogoodwills.org set up. So
> > even with images turned off, the image map is still available with
> > "alt" descriptions to identify everything.]
> With images off in IE5, the alt text for your <area> elements in
> your imagemap do not display.
> Warmest regards to all also, in these very difficult times.
> Leo.
> Leo Smith
> Web Designer/Developer
> USM Office of Publications and Marketing
> University of Southern Maine
> 207-780-4774