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Image maps on wikipedia[edit]

Just curious, does Wikipedia support usage of image maps, ie. if I used an image on Wikipedia and divided it into HTML sections like described? -- Natalinasmpf 02:12, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Yes wikipedia now has installed, and there is an example of its use on the page here -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:43, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

External Link[edit]

I guess Jeffz1 thought my Online Image Map Tool was not useful for this article. I guess I feel different about this. I know about the advertising rule 4.1, but I think this Image mapping tool is great for the users who land on this page. Please if you truly think this link is not good for the users on this article then I guess it should stay off but I feel it is a great tool. Also the user comments are real and all positive. If the rest of the public thinks the way I do. Feel free to post the link back for the image mapping community.Mgwalk

I don't know what could be better than this free online image map tool that mgwalk had posted. I happened to land on his page from this image map article. I didn't bookmark the site and I knew I had gotten to it via this wiki article. So I came back to find it again. To my suprise it was gone and I couldn't remeber the domain. I have since bookmarked it but feel this tool is very useful for people need a quick and easy image map.briant97 —Preceding undated comment was added at 13:38, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
Personally, I don't think any website that's soley an image map creator adds anything to the article. It seems like it's a decent tool but that's all it is and wikipedia isn't here to promote your work, nor is it here to use in place of your favourites folder. To be completely honest parts of the article can sound very much like an instruction manual or a "how to" and should probably be edited at least in style if not content. (talk) 13:54, 8 September 2008 (UTC)
I agree that the article needs a bit more work, but a section for image-map tools is definitely of value to the article. Image-maps are very difficult to create by hand. I'll add a few in, including the site mentioned above because I think it's probably the only online tool. — SimonEast (talk) 05:18, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Printable illustration[edit]

The live image map example appearing here is a good illustration if you're viewing the article in a web browser BUT wikipedia should be printable. Need to think of a way of showing the idea in a diagram with arrows, perhaps to appear alongside the live example. -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:45, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

broken link[edit] doesn't work —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:28, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Examples Needed?[edit]

I think this article could benefit from some HTML examples. I often use Wikipedia as my first port of call for code related research. Antony Carthy (talk) 08:45, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Request for more information: Historical.[edit]

I'd like to see in the article, the date and revision number of HTML that the image maps first came in to existence. I swear I remember these from as early as 1995 Netscape Navigator. But I'm not a web designer, and I thought maybe some oldtimers could help add historical information to the article. — (ooh look, this editor knows the HTML entity for an em dash) Aladdin Sane (talk) 02:07, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

server side image maps[edit]

How are they defined in HTML? What is transmitted to the server? Can you give an example, please? --RokerHRO (talk) 09:19, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

I added a section on server-side maps, hope that helps Tsandersz (talk) 13:40, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Origin of imagemap[edit]

I believe the history of 'imagemap' recorded in wikipedia is incorrect. I am the original creator and my understanding is that, because of this, I cannot edit the page but here is some information for anyone who wishes to update the information.

If you look at the URL it says:

In May 1993, when Kevin Hughes set up a Web site at Honolulu Community College

Kevin may well have worked on his campus map earlier but I would wonder upon which server and using which browser he did this. Mine are both documented here.

Using the www-talk archives the timeline is:

Thu, 25 Feb 93 21:09:02 -0800 Marc Andreessen proposes new IMG tag

Sun, 14 Mar 93 03:20:25 -0800 Marc Andreessen announces 'inlined image' available in Mosaic 0.10

Tue, 04 May 1993 21:40:08 -0500 Tony Sanders announces modified Perl HTTP server with

Image Decoding
Some tools to support image decoding when browsers are able to send the x, y coordinates of the mouse click when you select the image. If you have xmosaic and would like an advance demo of this check out The patches required for xmosaic 1.0 are pointed to by that file. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, don't use them for production code. Only use them for this demo. I'm hoping I can get support for this in xmosaic 1.1 (to do it right requires changing <IMG SRC...> to support something like <IMG ISMAP SRC...> to enable the new code only on images that support it.

The distribution included patches to Mosaic which were integrated to the Mosaic release:

Which you can verify in the CHANGES notes for Mosaic. A copy of which can be found on github (around line 898):

o Added ISMAP tag support to IMG tag (courtesy Tony Sanders).

Side note: The first imagemap was the famous NASA spacewalk image:

And finally,

Tue, 18 May 93 01:50:10 -0500 Marc Andreessen announces Mosaic 1.1 will have ISMAP support

This is a pre-announcement that Mosaic 1.1 will include support for Tony Sanders' ISMAP attribute as part of IMG elements (see for details) as an HTML extension.

This was later finalized at the workshop in Cambridge at the offices of O'Reilly and Associates

Sat, 19 Jun 1993 15:27:18 -0700 Dale Dougherty announces WWW Developer's Conference

To which I was fortunate to have attended.

Tsandersz (talk) 02:20, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

I have removed the claim that Kevin Hughes invented it, on the ground that the single extant source isn't sufficiently reliable, but I think we need a third-party reliable source to say who did invent it.--greenrd (talk) 15:36, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I did add a section on the technical aspects of server-side image maps but I kept it minimal. Thanks Tsandersz (talk) 16:05, 7 November 2013 (UTC)


You virtually never see image maps on the Web any more; this has been the case for many years. If they are obsolescent for some reason (whether by official deprecation, or the fact that people prefer to use Flash applets or what not) then this should probably be made clear. Equinox 21:42, 29 March 2017 (UTC)