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Using HTML Image Maps for interactive region maps by Tomislav Ribicic

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Using HTML Image Maps for interactive region maps

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Flash technology can have several draw backs and, when it comes to creating image maps of geographical areas, these draw backs can become much more obvious. Learning to write Flash Web pages can be a very difficult process and can stop any project before it starts. But the main drawback with using Flash – as opposed to HTML – comes in the fact that it often annoys web site users and may be incompatible with some browsers. In fact, many people intentionally block Flash because of potential problems and the perceived annoyance.

HTML is the reliable option and web sites that feature image maps in the form of geographical maps often come off better in the long run and earn more reader loyalty. HTML also can accommodate image maps of continents, countries or the entire world at a lower bandwidth than Flash. Most people just do not want to have to wait for Flash maps to load, no matter how nifty they think the software will look when the waiting period is over. This is one of the first things that turn off web site users when it comes to Flash.

You also have to consider the fact that Flash is not read by search engines and this may affect the rankings and ratings of the web site. Using HTML also makes it easier to follow links because Flash usually does not employ HTML for standard links. Flash can also make for difficult access on many of the portable web surfing gadgets that are becoming increasingly popular these days, such as e-readers and iPads and iPhones. Further, the use of flash can hinder the use of one of the most popular and useful buttons on a web browser – the back button. This is a feature that frustrates readers more often than not.

One mistake often made by Flash users is to over use the technology and that just serves to turn off readers even more. No matter how good a geographical map may look, it serves no purpose if nobody uses it. The standard HTML image maps for geographical maps turns no one off and is still the most universally accepted application of its type. It is also worth the time to check and make sure your server supports image maps. It will be much more likely that it does if you are using HTML.

A large array of image map editors are available if you choose to create a geographical map in HTML. It may seem a daunting task at first if you are not a computer programmer or other IT professional but, once you dive in, you can quickly find your way around. A lot of these HTML image map editors offer free services while some of them charge but they provide extra options or increased support. Numerous guides are available even if you choose to design the map without using the services of image map editors.

Image maps, though, are a great way to provide convenience and a sense of user friendliness to your web set and should definitely be employed where suitable. A good example can be seen at Locusto Aukcije page. Such imagemaps can give the web site readers a sense of exploration and depth of information that may not be available in any other form. With the internet so overloaded with information these days, it also presents a great mass of information to the web site’s users but it then organizes it in such a way that they can quickly click down to the precise information they want and filter out all the irrelevant stuff. And when you are aiming for that user friendly and convenient experience for web site users, HTML is certainly the desired option. When using the basic image of a geographical map, you are also using a form of communication and imagery that every body can understand.

When you choose a geographical region for your image map, it is a pretty simple matter to set the coordinates you want on the map to display information that is specific to that particular area. The wide range of choice when using maps also allows a high degree of customization that will help you fit the image map well in to the theme of your web site. Many people are intimidated by the idea of learning HTML. However, it can be a matter as simple of going through any number of on line tutorials about HTML and learning that way. It is kind of like riding a bicycle – once you learn, you will always know the basics. And that will positively impact pretty much anything you seek to create on line.

You can download imagemap implementation example for free from Locusto aukcije page.

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