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5. Images > 5.5. Rollover Images

Rollover Images

Rollover images are among the most common user-interface elements on the Web, especially when it comes to navigation buttons. You’ve almost certainly seen rollovers in action, when your mouse moves over a button on some Web page and the image lights up, or glows, or turns into a frog.

This simple change in appearance is a powerful way to inform a visitor that the graphic is more than just a pretty picture—it’s a button that actually does something. Rollovers are usually used to announce that the image is a link.

Rollover graphics appear frequently in navigation bars, like the one shown at top. As your cursor touches a rollover button (top), the button changes appearance (bottom) to indicate that the graphic has a functional purpose—in this case, “I’m a link. Click me.”

Figure 5-14. Rollover graphics appear frequently in navigation bars, like the one shown at top. As your cursor touches a rollover button (top), the button changes appearance (bottom) to indicate that the graphic has a functional purpose—in this case, “I’m a link. Click me.”


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