Re: lynx and image maps

Foteos Macrides (
Wed, 31 Jan 1996 17:49:21 -0500 (EST)

Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 17:49:21 -0500 (EST)
From: Foteos Macrides <>
Subject: Re: lynx and image maps
Message-Id: <01I0O2ZP7WG8005TNQ@SCI.WFBR.EDU> (Ted Hattemer) wrote:
>Hello, I have a question about text browsers (lynx) and how to
>display information from an imagemap for those browsers.
><a href="lineart/"><img border=0
    src="lineart/linemap.gif" ismap></a>
>where would the info for lynx browsers go

	Include a brief ALT string.  If you don't, Lynx will put up
the pseudo ALT string "[LINK]" which the user can activate.  Lynx
will then send a ?0,0 coordinate pair to the script, as a stab in
the dark, hoping it returns something useful to a text browser, rather
than simply the same page as on display, or an error message.

	There is nothing in the HTML 2.0 or subsequent protocols which
makes image maps via IMG tags adequately accessible to non-GUI clients.
The FIG tag in the expired HTML 3.0 draft guaranteed that the same
information would be accessible to both GUI and non-GUI clients (with
GUI clients having the additional "formatting" advantage of the graphic
display, of course, but that's not critical).  Unfortunately, FIG has
been broken as an image map handler in the 21-DEC-95 INSERT draft.  The
Lynx community is hoping it will be mended.


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