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August 24, 2005, 6:57 pm
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Is there any use for server image maps these days and how the heck do they
work (I tried to read up about it, but I am not 100% sure what the actual
PS I am trying to simplify
www.friars.co.nz/search.php (the map that is)
and I was wondering if a server side image map could be useful
Sometimes, but not often.
The browser sends co-ordinates of the click to the server, the server acts
based on those.
You have discrete sections there. A client side image map is preferred.
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On Wed, 24 Aug 2005, windandwaves wrote:
Could be useful if you don't want the HTML source to give away the answer,
e.g for a competition.
Can also be useful if you need a custom algorithm to determine the
results, but of course then you can't use stock server-side image maps,
you'd need a custom server-side script to handle the requests.
Generally speaking, client-side maps are more responsive and easier to
handle. I wouldn't use server-side maps nowadays unless you've got some
definite reason to want to.
Try http://www.ihip.com /
Details depend a bit on what server you're using.
The only reason I can think to use a server-side image map is when the
map isn't broken into discrete clickable regions, such as a geographic
map where a user is supposed to click it to recenter it at the point
clicked or perhaps zoom in around that point. In other words, situations
where the point coordinates are needed.
Note that server-side image maps are completely unusable by people
without visual access or who are unable to use an input device other
than the keyboard.
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