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5. Images > 5.4. Image Maps

Image Maps

As Chapter 4 makes clear, it’s easy to turn a graphic into a clickable link. It’s also possible to add multiple links to a single image.

Suppose your company has offices all over the country, for instance, and you want to provide an easy way for your visitors to locate the nearest state office. One approach would be simply to list all of the state names and link them to separate pages for each state. But that’s boring! Instead, you could use a map of the United States—one image—and turn each state’s outline into a hotspot that’s linked to an appropriate page, listing all of the offices in that state.

The array of invisible link buttons (called hotspots) responsible for this magic is called an image map. An image map image map contains one or more hotspots, each leading somewhere else.


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