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Chapter 11. Using Graphic Elements > Creating Image Maps

Creating Image Maps

Often designers use images as navigational elements for their site. One way to achieve this is to make each individual rectangular image link to the correct page. Another means for achieving the same effect is to use an HTML image map. An image map is simply a set of coded instructions added to the HTML that specify linked areas (more commonly called hot spots) that each link to a separate destination.

For example, consider a map of the United States. When you click on a particular state, an HTML page with information on that state appears. This would be a particularly good implementation of an image map, simply because an image map can create oddly shaped links that would be appropriate for each of the states.


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