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Chapter 2. Start Me Up! > Status Bar Messages

Status Bar Messages

Another trick you can do with the browser's status bar can be quite useful and effective: you can use the status bar to annotate a link, giving the user more information about the link when the cursor rolls over the link, but before the user clicks on the link. For example, if you have an image map on your page, you can use the status bar to describe the areas of the image map to the user. By giving users more information, you enhance their experience with your site. Script 2.17 introduces a new way to use JavaScript: you can add JavaScript commands into HTML anchor tags (the tag used for links). Take a look at Figure 2.19 for the result.

Figure 2.19. Note the custom status message for this link.



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