Creating an imagemap
An imagemap is a graphic you enhance with programmable hotspots that perform some action when a user clicks on them. Imagemaps are often used as navigational structures in an application. For example, an imagemap of a plate of food might have hotspots users click to see recipes for the food pictured. Unlike a navigator, which is an independent design element, an imagemap resides on a page or form, so you can easily combine an imagemap with text and other page or form elements, and you can control the display of an imagemap using a hide-when or computed-for-display formula. If you plan to create a sitemap or navigator that combines several graphics with text and action buttons, create a navigator instead of an imagemap.
An imagemap can be any graphic you can paste or import into a page or form, with the exception of graphics in the .PIC format. If you create an imagemap and then need to change the graphic, you can change the graphic while keeping the hotspots intact.
To create an imagemap
1. Paste, create, or import a graphic or image resource on a page or form.
2. Select the graphic.
3. Choose Picture - Add Hotspot <hotspot shape>.
4. Click and drag to draw the hotspot on the graphic.
5. Do one of the following:
Note To draw a polygon hotspot, click the points of the polygon, double-clicking to close the shape. To draw a hotspot around the entire graphic, choose Default Hotspot.
6. On the Advanced tab, add alternate text .
- Choose Picture - Hotspot properties. On the Hotspot Info tab of the Hotspot <shape> Properties box, specify a link, named element link, or URL link. For information on linking, see the topic "Creating links."
7. (Optional) Specify a target frame where the linked document will display when a user clicks the hotspot.
8. (Optional) On the Advanced tab, specify the Imagemap tab order for the hotspot. The tab order specifies the order in which hotspots are selected when a user presses the TAB key.
To move a hotspot
Once you create a hotspot you can move it as necessary. To move a hotspot do one of the following:
To delete a hotspot from an imagemap
- Click and drag the hotspot that you want to move.
- Select the hotspot and use the arrow keys to move one pixel at a time.
1. Select the hotspot.
2. Choose Picture - Delete Hotspot.
To copy an imagemap
You can copy an imagemap from another page, form, or document, and Designer will maintain all of the hotspots from the original imagemap.
1. Select the imagemap you want and copy it to the clipboard.
2. Open the page or form where you want the imagemap and choose Edit - Paste.
To change the graphic for imagemap
1. Select the current graphic.
2. Choose Picture - Replace picture.