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Chapter 5. Working with Images > Creating Clickable Image Maps

Creating Clickable Image Maps

We've seen that you can use an image not only as decoration for your page, but also as a link to another location on the Web. Actually, you can include several links within a single image. That arrangement is called a clickable image map, and the locations your site's visitors will click are called hot spots. Some site designers use image maps to add hot spots to logos or other large Web graphics. A picture of a car, for example, might include hot spots on the tires, doors, and hood, indicating that the user can get more information about these parts of the car by clicking on the appropriate hot spot.

You can invoke image maps in two ways. The first is from the Web server, using a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) application to support the image map. The second, simpler way is to create client-side image maps, which are configured entirely within your Web pages. When you use a client-side image map, neither you as the page designer nor a user clicking on an image map needs to have any interaction with the Web server beyond the usual downloading of HTML files and images. Client-side maps, as you can imagine, are easier to work with. GoLive allows you to create client-side maps. Server-side image maps are outside the scope of this book.


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