Wikipedia:Images linking to articles
This page explains how to place images on wiki pages, where the image acts as a hypertext link to somewhere other than the image description page. Care should be taken that this is done in compliance with the licensing terms of the file in question, particularly if they require proper attribution.
Most image links are created using the
[[Image:...]] syntax, and clicking on such an image follows a link to a page with information about the image itself, including the licensing terms. However, it is sometimes desirable to have images that link to other pages. This can be done in two ways:
- Using the
|link=option with the
- Using the
<imagemap>...</imagemap>syntax, provided by the ImageMap extension.
The imagemap syntax is very flexible, but it is complicated. It allows different parts of the image to link to different targets; the details of how to do that are out of scope of this article.
Note: Line breaks have been inserted to make the example easier to read, but must be removed in real use.
With image syntax, it can be done this way:
[[Image:Example2.png|150px |link=Main Page |alt=Alt text |Title text]]
This cannot be done with imagemap syntax.
With image syntax:
[[Image:Example2.png|150px |link=http://www.example.org |alt=Alt text|Title text]]
With imagemap syntax:
<imagemap> Image:Example2.png|150px|alt=Alt text default [http://www.example.org Title text] desc none </imagemap>
This cannot be done with the image syntax, because a thumb image ignores its
|link= parameter. With imagemaps, it can be done this way:
<imagemap> Image:Example2.png|150px|thumb|alt=Alt text|Caption default [[Main Page|Title text]] </imagemap>
This cannot be done with image syntax. With imagemap syntax, it can be done this way:
<imagemap> Image:Example2.png|150px|alt=Alt text default [[Main Page|Title text]] </imagemap>