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Re: Marking image-maps

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 10:43:23 -0600
Message-Id: <4.3.1.2.20010221104107.0329d510@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: Rob & Toni Seiler <seiler@elr.com.au>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Cc: charles@w3.org, Roger McCracken <sarsol@gippsnet.com.au>
Do you consider this a usability issue (something that makes it easier for 
people) or an disability access issue (without this feature people with 
disabilities would not have access to the content)?

Jon

At 08:03 AM 2/21/2001 -0500, Rob & Toni Seiler wrote:
>Re: [The User Agent Accessibiity Guidelines group at W3C are presently
>discussing
>whether there needs to be a way of highlighting that a particular image is an
>imagemap.]
>
>I'm sure it helps if images that are hot are marked. I don't like having to
>drive the mouse over sundry bits of graphical eye candy to see which ones
>are links (eg by watching the status line). And I'm sure someone less
>dexterous with a mouse finds it even more inconvenient. Touchscreens are
>even less revealing as there is really no "mouse over event". A good image
>map eg used as a menu, probably can convey its role and segmentation by
>graphic design.
>
>The marking as follows using the "title" parameter works well enough with
>MSIE (haven't checked with other browsers) although the alt content only
>shows if images are turned off or are missing.
>
><map name="themap">
><area coords="0, 0,200, 50" href="goto1.htm" title="Open page 1"/>
><area coords="0,51,200,100" href="goto2.htm" title="Open page 2"/>
></map>
><img src="elr3_mo.gif" width="200" height="100" alt="The image"
>usemap="#themap" title="Image map"/>
>
>
>Best regards,
>Rob Seiler
>... Web: http://www.elr.com.au
>... e-mail: seiler@elr.com.au

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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