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Server-Side Imagemaps

The old-fashioned way to create an imagemap is to let the server computer where the Web page resides do all the work. Most Web authors don't bother with server-side imagemaps anymore because it's easier and just as effective to provide text links for people using older browsers. There are still an awful lot of people out there using pre-1995 Web browsers, and it isn't that difficult to make your imagemaps work for them. You can read the following explanation of what's involved and decide for yourself whether it's worth your time to provide server-side imagemaps.

When the user clicks an image that has been mapped this way, the browser program just sends the mouse's x,y coordinates to a special script on the server. Usually, this script is located in some subdirectory of cgi-bin on the server, and the HTML to implement the imagemap is just a normal anchor link.


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