Re: new anchor type?

Geoffrey Baker (
Wed, 26 Jun 1996 16:12:41 -0400

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From: "Geoffrey Baker" <>
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Subject: Re: new anchor type?
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 16:12:41 -0400

I've just started following this group, so I hope this isn't either an old
suggestion or an inappropriate one:

I feel we should take the "alt" subset of the "img" tag and expand its
use, thus:
to support its use in image maps by allowing the "alt" to list multiple
This way, non-graphical browsers can still display URL's pointed to by an
imagemap. Perhaps what it would need is to  be expanded to its own tag,
thus <ALT></ALT>, in all cases referring to the last-mentioned <img> tag.

(Image map stuff)
<A NAME=ClientSide>
<map name="map1">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,0,  133,14" HREF="a.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,14,  133,28" HREF="b.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,28, 133,42" HREF="c.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,42, 133,56" HREF="d.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,56, 133,70" HREF="e.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,70, 133,84" HREF="f.htm">
<AREA SHAPE=rect COORDS= "0,84, 133,100" HREF="g.htm">
<img src="map1.jpg" USEMAP="#map1">
<end image map stuff>
<alt><a href="a.html>Back</a><br>
<a href="b.html>Forward</a><br>
<a href="c.html>Home</a><br>
<a href="d.html>Advertising</a><br>
<a href="e.html>Listings</a><br>
<a href="f.html>Interesting sites</a><br></alt>
or something like this.
The problem with image maps is that there is no backwards-compatible
support for non-graphical browsers; developers need to create mirror pages
to support non-graphical browsers.

Geoffrey Baker ---------------------------- CTO
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