[thelist] accessible imagemaps

sam foster potatosculptor at gmail.com
Mon Aug 28 13:24:11 CDT 2006

A CSIM with good alt tags is probably fine.

If you're having to jump through technical hoops to support a
particular visual design, that's a red flag for me that the design
needs revisting. But there's nothing wrong with a client-side image
map where the content calls for it - as long as you provide meaningful
alt attributes on the area tags.

my 0.02,
Sam Foster

On 8/26/06, Matthias Willerich <matthias at die-legendaeren.de> wrote:
> Hello,
> What do you think about client-side imagemaps and accessibility? I've been
> avoiding imagemaps for years, probably because back when I read the WAI
> guidelines, I actually didn't read the closely enough. Client-side imagemaps
> (with the appropriate alt- and/or title-attribute) seem ok to use, but I
> don't want to simply follow the letter blindly, but know if I'm missing an
> aspect. I now have to build a template where I won't get around a big image
> with clickable areas. Should I use an imagemap, or go down a crazy route of
> absolutely positioned transparent pixels on top of a background image,
> creating "hotspots"? I doubt this is any better, but stole the idea from
> flash development anyway.
> Any insight appreciated,
> Matthias

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