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May 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm #38277
I have a client who is thinking of a website concept that involves a multicolored triangle/diamond, with bands of color leading toward the center. The idea is to use the bands of color on the diamond/triangle as navigation. I’m trying to conceive of how this would be accomplished. Is the image map the way to do this? What is the status of the image map today? I had the impression it’d fallen out of favor. Are there other better ways to accomplish this?May 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm #103669tordavisMember
image map is old school. You might try flash or build the triangle from a chopped PSD and assign links to the chopped areas.May 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm #103670
If I had to choose between Flash and image maps, I’d definitely take image maps.
As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what I would do in this case.May 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm #103682
Well, this needs to be done as quickly as possible also. It seems like Flash would be pretty time consuming. Senff, if you don’t mind me asking, why is it acceptable to use image maps here? What are the problems/critique of image maps? It does seem surprising to me that given that image maps do seem to have a certain stigma, there aren’t any obvious alternatives…May 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm #103672
Image maps probably have that stigma because they were used for EVERYTHING that time — not just for irregular shapes, but also for square areas (usually unnecessary and can be done more efficiently nowadays).
It’s the same with tables, really. They got a bad reputation because for a while, people abused tables for everything related to layout, not just their main purpose (displaying tabular data), whereas nowadays layout should be done with CSS. But that doesn’t mean that tables have lost ALL their purpose; they should still be used for why they were invented in the first place: displaying tabular data.
I think it’s
acceptablelogical to use image maps here because it’s the most obvious way to make irregularly shaped hotspots, and it’s quite the exact reason why image maps were invented in the first place.May 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm #103683theacefesMember
What Senff said as well as the fact that if you want your site to be even remotely mobile compatible and not run like garbage you should probably avoid Flash for one element like that.May 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm #103685karl1146Member
Image maps are fine. “Old School” is much better than “Doesn’t work at all on the iPad or iPhone and some other mobile browsers and may not work on many desktops in a few years, so now I not only have to Create the Flash but also have to create a fallback for iDevices, etc… …like, say, an Image Map.May 31, 2012 at 1:44 am #103694TheDocMember
“image map is old school. You might try flash or…”
Well isn’t that just a bit contradictory! Definitely don’t go with flash. If an image map is what you need, there’s certainly no harm in using it.May 31, 2012 at 5:26 am #103709May 31, 2012 at 7:12 am #103712
Sprites are more useful when you want to use one large image (that consists of a bunch of smaller images) for a number of links to show different images. In the example you linked to, the irregularly shaped links are, in fact, rectangular areas and won’t help you with triangular/diamond-shaped areas.May 31, 2012 at 11:16 am #103726Paulie_DMember
I think we’d need to see an image of what he is after before considering alternatives to image maps.June 2, 2012 at 7:24 am #103797
I’m still waiting for the image from the client. I’ll write again when it comes through, but thank you for the help so far. Very informative!June 2, 2012 at 7:29 am #103798
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