where to use large graphics (e.g. image maps)

Subject: where to use large graphics (e.g. image maps)
From: Melissa Hunter-Kilmer <mhunterk -at- BNA -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 1995 11:08:54 EST


On Fri, 27 Oct 1995, LaVonna Funkhouser <lffunkhouser -at- HALNET -dot- COM> wrote:

> I'd like more discussion on this from Simon and others
> involved in public Web pages. What do you think of image maps?
> They seem so spiffy, and they show off the author's skill, but
> as a Web user, I get really annoyed when sites like
> http://www.microsoft.com/ or
> http://www.atlanta.olympic.org/
> depend so heavily upon large graphics. They are often totally
> uninformative for the first minute or two; you'd think these
> large organizations would know better!

Amen, sister!

> The downside is that I'm currently designing my company's
> home page, and I think my boss really likes large image maps.
> So, the meat of my question is this: Where is it appropriate to
> use a 20K image map?

IHMO, only when you are sure that 90% or more of your users have high-speed
connections. I have a slow Internet connection at home and a fast one at work.
I *hate* those dratted image maps at home; at work, I just dislike them mildly.

Good luck!

Melissa Hunter-Kilmer
mhunterk -at- bna -dot- com

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