I've been poking around MediaWiki for useful image-related stuff, and found this extension. It allows hyperlink areas to be mapped on to an image - in other words, different areas of a single image can be turned into different hyperlinks. This has potential to be very useful; just off the top of my head, it would allow things like a galaxy map with clickable planets and sectors, a starship schematic with clickable parts, or even as a sort of substitute for image tags-- clicking on the face of a character in an image could link to the appropriate article. An example of how this works can be found here.
There's even an image mapper that looks pretty simple to use; you wouldn't have to painstakingly count pixels to use this thing.
I'm not sure how we'd go about installing this, but I was advised to present it here, so... here. :P Thoughts? - Trip 04:53, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
- Now, just to avoid confusion, this extension may sound like that dreadful thing we killed, known as image tagging, but this extension is much more intricate and well put together. For those of you who are like me, and know a little bit about MediaWiki, I would strongly recommend that you take a look at the MediaWiki extension page that Trip has linked to, and take a look at the entire thing to get a feeling for it. Those who are not so familiar with the coding aspects of MediaWiki, play around with the other links that Trip has linked to, to get an idea of what it can do. To say again, this extension may look like image tagging, but it is quite different and just might be useful for the site if we can come to an agreement on how best it might be used, and where. We all had bad experiences with image tagging, so please do not confuse that with this :) Greyman (Talk) 05:01, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
- Hm, Culator just pointed out that apparently we do have it. So, just as a demo, here's the sort of thing it's capable of (wave your mouse around the image)... - Trip 07:07, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
- I've never seen this poly code though. -- Riffsyphon1024 06:16, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
- See Wikipedia:Category:Wikipedia geographic imagemaps for more examples of how this can work. Their idea of using a template is pretty good, to avoid having all that code in an article. -LtNOWIS