Clickable images in HTML

Michael Leach leach at
Wed Mar 6 17:01:36 EST 1996


     The steps you have taken so far are correct for producing an 
interactive image.  Unfortunately, you need more than just the 
imagemap.conf (configuration) file to "fool" Netscape.  The imagemap cgi 
script is also required.  This script comes with most server software 
these days,  (old versions of httpd did not have it) but is not available 
with browsers.  So, unless I am mistaken (please correct me folks if I 
am!) you will not be able to "fool" a Netscape browser into thinking you 
have an interactive map.

Michael R. Leach
Harvard University, Physics Research Library
17 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA  02138  USA
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On Wed, 6 Mar 1996, Peter Konshak wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I'm hoping someone can help me with this problem.  I'm in the process of 
> teaching myself some new HTML tricks, and I am trying to get clickable 
> image maps to work.  As we don't yet have a web page or web server up, my 
> HTML documents are stored locally and I use Netscape to view them.  So 
> far, I have done the following:
> o  Create a GIF file which meets my needs.
> o  Use Map This! to define areas of the GIF as hotspots.
> o  Save the information into a .map file.
> o  Reference the image map in the HTML document.
> The end result is that this does not work.  There appears to be one more 
> step: tying a map file to a map name.  On a web server, this would be the 
> imagemap.conf file, which would consist of the name and path of the map 
> file. However, since I am not actually testing this on a web server, but 
> just through Netscape, I don't have a imagemap.conf file to use.
> Is there a way to set this up so it will work?  Can I trick Netscape 2.0 
> into thinking there is an imagemap.conf file out there?  Or, do I just 
> need to create this file somewhere and add the appropriate references? 
> Thanks.
> Peter
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