Originally Posted by Major Payne
Image mapping is not out dated. Allows one image to be loaded and cached yet provides hotspots to be used for links. Example
. Yahoo uses CSS to position many of their one image buttons or to position other images which are part of one image. Although not an image map, IMs have lots of uses. Example 1
. Example 2
I know this is late and that you made this comment a couple of weeks ago. I just came back across it, though, and I had to chime in.
I'd like to respectuflly disagree with Major Payne. While they do have some purposes, I'd challenge you to find a major website that consistenly uses image mapping as a design solution. I don't think you'll be able to find a well-designed, well-traveled website that does so.
While image mapping is a tool that can be used to solve a few problems, it should not be used to solve a lot of the design problems people are often tempted to use it for (such as website navigation).
An image map will take longer to download than slicing the image into smaller components and linking each individually. They're not good for SEO. Accessability and working with multiple screen resolutions can make them problematic. There's also the issue that image maps went out of style somewhere around the same time that the iPod still had a black and white screen. Sure, it still has some useful functionality, but just because velour bell bottom pants cover your legs just as well as jeans doesn't mean you want to be seen out in public wearing them.
Here's a link to an article that talks about a lot of the same issues I just mentioned (and gave me a lot of the back-up information referenced above): http://webdesign.about.com/od/imagem..._maps_negs.htm