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Image Maps

Image maps are images that have several links geographically mapped onto it.

For example, an image map of a photograph of the Beatles might enable you to click on Ringo and receive a page describing his drumming abilities. Click on George, and receive a file about how Eric Clapton stole Patti Boyd. One thing to remember about image maps is that they are a purely visual form of navigation, so if your visitor isn’t loading the images, they’ll never know where to click. For this reason, you should always include text links under the images as an alternative way to navigate.

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Parse


To parse means to break something down into units that can be analyzed. To parse a sentence means to break it down into its parts of speech. In computer terms, a compiler must parse source code so that it can be analyzed and then assembled into object code. An XML parser, for example, is a tool for reading eXtensible markup language documents. XML parsers can pass data to a browser if that data is “well-formed.” XML doesn’t provide an application programming interface (API) to an application, it just passes data to it. Both Microsoft and Netscape include XML parsers in their browsers.

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Inline Stylesheet

As opposed to a linked stylesheet, an inline stylesheet is included within an HTML document.

It is directly associated with a particular element, and the appearance of the document cannot easily be changed. The advantage is that the presentation of the document can be separated into the global style contained in the
<HEAD>
tag , and HTML can be used more appropriately for the document’s structure. Using an inline stylesheet at the beginning of the document allows the style and rendering to be modified without changing the HTML. On the other hand, using a linked stylesheet can be more efficient for a set of pages, because a linked style can be defined through a single file. Changing the entire website with a linked stylesheet can be done just by modifying the linked stylesheet file.

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Position Text and Images With Div Tags

Are you sick of putting align in every tag just to get a page to lay out properly? And how do you feel about table hacks for positioning images? I thought so. Well, never fear – the <div> tag is here.

Although it’s been around since HTML 3.0, <div> didn’t really catch on until CSS-based layouts became the rage du jour. It won’t solve all your problems, but it works for formatting large blocks of text, images, and just about anything else that has an HTML tag around it.


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Link

A link is a bit of highlighted text on a web page that connects to another web page or file. Clicking the link sends your browser in search of the address attached to the text. That address can refer to another place on the same page, another page within the same site, or just about anywhere on the internet. If you could peel back the text of the link to Webmonkey and view the HTML underneath, you’d see:

<a href="http://www.webmonkey.com/">Webmonkey</a>

If you clicked on the text of the link, you would be taken to that URL.