Re[3]: Project X-long relpy, and more questions

Subject: Re[3]: Project X-long relpy, and more questions
From: Iain Harrison <iharrison -at- SCT -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 11:20:22 GMT

David Blyth said:

o Imagemaps are great! The problem isn't with the use of imagemaps
themselves but with large graphics which are used as image maps.
A small graphic can be used just as well.

I can't agree with that. What is the great feature of imagemaps
that you like? The only things that I can see they offer is that
they allow non-rectangular hotspots (which you can't do with
simple graphics links) and that they hide the destination page
address, so people can't link to those so easily from other
sites.

Have you ever tried to use one with the graphics turned off? No
ALT text makes them unusable. Browsers have to reload pages
every time you return to them using an image map, whereas using
a normal graphic link gives a filename that the browser can
cache.

And in reply to my:

Iain> Make the page snappy and interesting to read, easy to navigate and
Iain> useable with text-only browsers (or ones with graphics switched off).

DB continued:

Last I checked, the IBM Official <insert event here> Web sites are downwardly
compatible to HTML 2.0 - _not_ to text-only browsers. How much time and
money do you have to be compatible to everyone?

It isn't necessary to skip every HTML feature, but you should make sure
that a browser that doesn't recognise that feature can still display an
intelligible page. This means using links with ALT tags, * marks in
'pretty' divider graphics and the like. Once you have that mindset, it
takes little or no time or money to do.

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