Subject: Imagemaps?
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 13:28:07 -0500

The discussion of imagemaps is starting to degenerate into
a flamefest because of conflicting definitions. There's an
entity called an HTML imagemap, that has some irritating
characteristics that differentiate it from a more
traditional clickable graphic; there's also an ordinary
image map, which is a visual aid to navigation, however you
choose to implement it.

A well-designed ordinary image map can be an indispensible
"you are here" identifier... think of it as the section
divider tabs in the 3-ring binder of your site (in which
case a row of text hyperlinks implemented using ALT tags
substitutes nicely for the graphical version). Whether you
implement this as an HTML imagemap or as an ordinary image
map doesn't affect how useful this is to the site's
visitors; from the standpoint of the HTML designer, the
difference is very significant indeed because it carries
some serious implementation problems.

Would it be fair to say that we agree the concept is
potentially useful (if not a substitute for intelligent
design) and that the implementation is what's causing this
thread to degenerate into a flame war? This strikes me as
more reasonable than attacking each other without even
agreeing on what we're arguing about.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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