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Rollover Images

Web page designers love rollovers. A rollover is an image on a Web page that changes in some way when the user moves the cursor over it. For example, it may appear to change color or shape; maybe it lights up to indicate that it's a hot spot. Then, when the cursor is moved away, the image returns to its original form. A rollover indicates interactivity to the user, usually signifying a link to another page.

Before adding a rollover to your XPress document, you need to create the graphics for each state of the rollover: the original image on the page (the “off” state), and the image you see when the cursor is over the image (the “on” state). You can use programs like Photoshop or Fireworks to create the two rollover images. Actually, in those programs, you can even create a four-state rollover (the other two states involve what happens when you actually click on the image), but XPress only supports a simple rollover with two images. The off state can be saved in any normal file format (TIFF, JPEG, GIF, EPS, and so on), while the on state must be a GIF, JPEG, or PNG. I strongly suggest using GIF or JPEG for both states.


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