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Offline cdmonline

Interactive world maps
« on: November 23, 2017, 10:44:47 PM »
I have used a Wordpress plugin to create some interactive world maps of my books. At the time I set this up, this was the best plugin I could find but I'm wondering if someone knows of anything else that does something similar or better?

https://portallas.com/maps/

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Re: Interactive world maps
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 06:37:29 AM »
Hi, @cdmonline, we had a discussion about  this a while back, see if any of this is useful although there may be new ones about now.

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=9389.msg163033#msg163033
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Offline Ray McCarthy

Re: Interactive world maps
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 02:48:08 PM »
A simple solution is edit the HTML of page with image to add client side image map links.
Start here for a demo
http://maps.techtir.com/ireland-dtt.htm
I know it's not wordpress, but it's easy to add same thing to any wordpress post or page.
View source in browser, or search HTML guides.
In wordpress, just click on the text / source tab in the editor.

It simply allows a link on any rectangle or polygon of the image. I think javascript may work.
Server side imagemaps need Wordpress plugins or php

Offline cupiscent

Re: Interactive world maps
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 09:35:25 PM »
Sad thing about image maps is that it's tricky to make them accessible for all web users (particularly those using screen readers). Perhaps consider other ways of presenting the info alongside the imagemap

Offline Ray McCarthy

Re: Interactive world maps
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 10:05:09 PM »
Sad thing about image maps is that it's tricky to make them accessible for all web users (particularly those using screen readers). Perhaps consider other ways of presenting the info alongside the imagemap
The only browser that a client side "Image Map" HTML won't fully work with is with a screen reader. I can't see how ANY interactive world map works for a screen reader.
A pure text alternative will work for a screen reader, but then it's not an interactive map at all. While a lot is possible, not many interactive images can be made to work with sound only, unfortunately. It's a pity too that tactile interfaces (computer driven 3D array of pins like the "art 3D pin copy" gadgets) are horrendously expensive.

It's disappointing too that while eBooks support a lot of HTML (an eBook file is really a container of HTML, CSS and image files as one file) and some javascript, they don't support any form of image map or interactivity other than a per image link (internal to eBook or external). Also they don't usually support text / image layer or flowing. Absolutely a disgrace as all these things existed before there was eBook applications for PDAs.

Offline DrMclony

Re: Interactive world maps
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 10:08:29 AM »
Thanks for this thread. I think interactive maps are a great idea!

I have one in progress for my fantasy series (http://www.thecinderchronicles.com/maps/interactive-map-of-cinder/) using a free plugin called Image Point. I have seen some more feature packed plugins but not free ones. I'm certainly interested in any other tools for this kind of thing so I will watch this thread.
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