Re: ISMAP idea (?v4)

Brian Behlendorf (
Tue, 11 Apr 95 21:18:50 EDT

I replies to this earlier, and someone responded that I misunderstood the
question - but on looking at it again, even though I did *initially*
misunderstand, this functionality is still really elegantly done with
FIG, as long as browsers choose to implement it:

On Sun, 9 Apr 1995, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> On Sun, 9 Apr 1995, James P H Coleman wrote:
> > I know that this is not the right place for this but...
> >
> > When using an image/etc often I want the cursor to have hot areas such that
> > when you move the mouse over a hot area, a piece of text is displayed. eg a
> > photograph and as the mouse moves over a building, some text appears saying
> > what the building is.
> ...
> > Thoughts anyone?
> Implemented wonderfully in HTML 3 using the <FIG> tag - the
> implementation allows imagemap-challenged browsers to present a menu of
> the options available. Check out
> <URL:>

To elaborate, in the example in this URL:

<FIG SRC="mainmenu.gif">
<H1>Access HP from Hewlett Packard</H1>
<P>Select between:
<LI><A HREF="guide.html" SHAPE="rect 30,200,60,16">Access Guide</A>
<LI><A HREF="about.html" SHAPE="rect 100,200,50,16">About HP</A>
<LI><A HREF="news.html" SHAPE="rect 160,200,30,16">News</A>
<LI><A HREF="products.html" SHAPE="rect 200,200,50,16">Products</A>
<LI><A HREF="contacts.html" SHAPE="rect 260,200,80,16">Worldwide Contacts</A>

When someone moves their mouse over to the rectangle between "rect
30,200,60,16", a pop-up menu appears with the word "Access Guide". Of course
you don't get the information external to the <A> tag, but that's something
the document creator could be aware of. This should be something
configurable in the browser, like "Bubble Help" in the MacOS, and the content
provider shouldn't *presume* everyone has it on. Semantically it's very
consistant with the whole point of having text in a <FIG></FIG>. What's
really nice is this will compell authors to use this feature in <FIG> even if
they presume everyone viewing their content will be using imagemap-capable
browsers anyways - otherwise most content authors probably won't bother since
the only other time people see this info is if they're running with inlined
images turned off or using a text-mode browser.