New <AREA> syntax proposal (fwd)

MegaZone (
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 17:41:41 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: New <AREA> syntax proposal (fwd)
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 17:41:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Dan Miser shaped the electrons to say...
><AREA [[SHAPE="shape"] COORDS="x,y,..." | COLOR="color"]
>[HREF="reference"] [NOHREF]>
>Basically, if a user clicks on a certain color, they could be
>transported to a URL via the HREF element. This would be especially
>useful for polygons that have only one color. For example, a thematic

Except the UA doesn't normally get involved in the colors used in the image.
And such colors aren't declared like simple RGB values under HTML.

I see this as having a VERY limited usage, and being a major pain to 
implement.  So much so I doubt the major vendors would bother.

I've seen maps of the US done with standard image maps - with mapping 
programs that are out, doing complex shapes isn't hard.  I think it would be
more effective to focus efforts on making mapping programs even more flexible.
Perhaps giving THEM a color and having it able to do edge detection and 
generate a map.

That would mean no changes needed in the UA.

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