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[Bug 10518] Add example showing how to use <a> elements in image maps

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Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:18:52 +0000
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Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> changed:

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--- Comment #12 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-01-22 04:18:52 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #10)

Thank you for adding the example. It is quite close to what I had in mind. But
for one detail: 

the spec text uses the phrase  "to ease maintenance". However, to really ease
maintainance, I would have wrapped each anchor element around each
corresponding <area> element, as this  would make se even clearer what belongs
together.

Since the <area> element is not considered interactive in HTML5. there should
be no problem in doing so, no? I am, in particular, interested in avoding to
have to repeat the text of the anchor element inside the area element - that's
a further simplification of the maintainance.

<map name=map ><!--no alt here-->
  <a href="link"><area href=link coords="0,0,10,10" shape=rect >Lorem ipsum</a>
 </map>

In HTML4, this was in theory not an issue: the <map> could contain both <area>
and <a> but UAs would ignore the one or the other. Consider,  text based web
browsers: they treat an image map as an interactive list of links. We should
avoid that they get a double set of of links. 

>From HTML4, section "13.6 Image maps"

]] When a MAP element contains mixed content (both AREA elements and
block-level content), user agents must ignore the AREA elements.

Authors should specify an image maps's geometry completely with AREA elements,
or completely with A elements, or completely with both if content is mixed.
Authors may wish to mix content so that older user agents will handle map
geometries specified by AREA elements and new user agents will take advantage
of richer block content.
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