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I'm using a stylesheet to place a small 'background image' in the
upper left corner of several pages. Is there a simple way of making
that image a clickable link? Thanks.
Jul 20 '05 #1
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Jeff Gillingham wrote on 30 nov 2003 in
comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
I'm using a stylesheet to place a small 'background image' in the
upper left corner of several pages. Is there a simple way of making
that image a clickable link? Thanks.


A background image is not clickable, onmy html-elements are clickable and
if the background image is a style of the body, only the body is.

However you can make a position absolute transparent div with a z-index of
say 9999 overlaying the bg img and all other elements and make that
clickable:
<body style="backgrou nd-image:url('myim age.gif');
background-repeat:no-repeat;backgrou nd-position:left top;">
<div
style="position :absolute;left: 0;top:0;z-index:9999;
background-color:transpare nt;width:350px; height:250px;"
onclick ="whatever()">& nbsp;</div>

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Evertjan.
The Netherlands.
(Please change the x'es to dots in my emailaddress)
Jul 20 '05 #2
Jeff Gillingham wrote:
I'm using a stylesheet to place a small 'background image' in the
upper left corner of several pages. Is there a simple way of making
that image a clickable link?


If its clickable then it should be a foreground image with suitable
alternative text. Backgrounds are for presentation only.
Jul 20 '05 #3
Evertjan. wrote:
Jeff Gillingham wrote on 30 nov 2003 in
comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:

I'm using a stylesheet to place a small 'background image' in the
upper left corner of several pages. Is there a simple way of making
that image a clickable link? Thanks.

A background image is not clickable, onmy html-elements are clickable and
if the background image is a style of the body, only the body is.

However you can make a position absolute transparent div with a z-index of
say 9999 overlaying the bg img and all other elements and make that
clickable:
<body style="backgrou nd-image:url('myim age.gif');
background-repeat:no-repeat;backgrou nd-position:left top;">
<div
style="position :absolute;left: 0;top:0;z-index:9999;
background-color:transpare nt;width:350px; height:250px;"
onclick ="whatever()">& nbsp;</div>

quite clever.

--
Bill Drescher
bill {at} TechServSys {dot} com

Jul 20 '05 #4
bill drescher wrote:
A background image is not clickable, onmy html-elements are clickable and
if the background image is a style of the body, only the body is.

However you can make a position absolute transparent div with a z-index
of say 9999 overlaying the bg img and all other elements and make that
clickable:
quite clever.


Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has turned
off, either images, CSS or both.
Jul 20 '05 #5
David Dorward wrote on 01 dec 2003 in
comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
quite clever.


Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has
turned off, either images, CSS or both.


I do not think it was that clever, but the cleverness of a code does not
change if you try that.

btw:

It is damn stupid to try that without accepting that it hurts your
functionality. Try to look at such a page with the computer turned off.

--
Evertjan.
The Netherlands.
(Please change the x'es to dots in my emailaddress)
Jul 20 '05 #6
Evertjan. wrote:
David Dorward wrote on 01 dec 2003 in
comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has
turned off, either images, CSS or both.


btw:

It is damn stupid to try that without accepting that it hurts your
functionality. Try to look at such a page with the computer turned off.


Is it damn stupid to browse with Lynx? Is Googlebot damn stupid to
spider the www?

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Brian
follow the directions in my address to email me

Jul 20 '05 #7
Brian wrote on 01 dec 2003 in comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
Evertjan. wrote:
David Dorward wrote on 01 dec 2003 in
comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has
turned off, either images, CSS or both.
btw:

It is damn stupid to try that without accepting that it hurts your
functionality. Try to look at such a page with the computer turned off.


Is it damn stupid to browse with Lynx?


No, not at all, but I repeat, it is damn stupid to browse with Lynx AND not
accepting the limitations of that.
Is Googlebot damn stupid to spider the www?


Sorry, I don't see the connection. Googlebot only does as it is told.

--
Evertjan.
The Netherlands.
(Please change the x'es to dots in my emailaddress)
Jul 20 '05 #8
Evertjan. wrote:
Brian wrote on 01 dec 2003 in comp.infosystem s.www.authoring.stylesheets:
Evertjan. wrote:
David Dorward wrote on 01 dec 2003 in
comp.infosys tems.www.authoring.stylesheets:

Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has
turned off, either images, CSS or both.
It is damn stupid to try that without accepting that it hurts your
functionalit y. Try to look at such a page with the computer turned off.


Is it damn stupid to browse with Lynx?


No, not at all, but I repeat, it is damn stupid to browse with Lynx AND not
accepting the limitations of that.


The only limitation of Lynx relevant to this discussion is the
inability to display the images inline. Lynx has absolutely no
deficiency when it comes to linking to other resources. That includes
linking images, which Lynx displays either using a placeholder, or the
alt text. A properly authored page would, of course, have alt text
anytime an image is important enough to be linked.

A solution which relies on image loading and css will fail when
browsed by Lynx. A solution that relies instead on floating the
image, and making that a hyperlink, will not fail in Lynx. And it
will work in Mozilla, Opera, et. al., too.
Is Googlebot damn stupid to spider the www?


Sorry, I don't see the connection. Googlebot only does as it is told.


Googlebot does not load images and does not process css. (It also
does not have js, but that's another story.) If a person is "damn
stupid" to browse that way, then I wonder if Googlebot is similarly
deficient.

--
Brian
follow the directions in my address to email me

Jul 20 '05 #9
Evertjan. wrote:
Until you try using it in a browser which does not support, or has
turned off, either images, CSS or both.
It is damn stupid to try that without accepting that it hurts your
functionality.


Do what? Using a browser with out images and/or CSS support?

Plenty of people disable images - especially among those who pay for
bandwidth by data transfered rather then a flat or per $time-period rate.

Plenty of people have disabilities that make them dependent on alt text to
understand images.

Increasing numbers of people are using hand held devices to access the
Internet - and they tend towards having tiny screens and poor CSS support -
both factors that would make the technique being described useless to them.

One of the great things about the web is that webpages (IF the right tool is
used for the right job) is that if you have a flash system (and are
physically capable of using the technologies), you can get pretty, highly
interactive content. If you _don't_ then you can discard layers until you
get to the bits you can enjoy.

Content is king.

Lynx may have its limitations, but if the page is written properly then all
the content will be accessible.

(Insert usual exceptions for movies, gallery sites, and interactive game
applets noting that even in those cases a well written site will still
allow the user to navigate and download content lynx can't display
natively)

--
David Dorward <http://dorward.me.uk/>

Jul 20 '05 #10

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