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19th-Sep-2004 05:35 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
I can't believe how long I took to learn image-mapping.

In other words, I have a new layout.

It was such an experience for me that I decided to write an image map guide of sorts.



There are three ways of creating the image-mapping effect (that I'm aware of):

1. Image-mapping proper. ( leggyslove and elfverie. Beautiful layouts, too)
2. CSS and image positioning. (homura)
3. The ugliest coding hack ever seen, as done by self.

Incidentally, anyone with a free account can make a layout like mine. What I did works for the Generator style for a free account on the S1 system.

The Most Important Things I Found Out about Image Mapping the Way I Did It

1. Background images in LiveJournal cannot be used as image maps. At least, not for free accounts.
I'm not sure what the status is with paid accounts, because I wasn't yet able to figure out the Variable Flow style. *hides from homura* Forgive me. *dies* Send you penguins?

2. For the LASTN_WEBSITE override to be used in LJ, you must first define a website on your Personal Info.

3. You don't have to image map by using the x- and y- coordinates. This software does it. It's the Coffee Cup Image Mapper. It's a trial version, which only works for a month, but it's great.

Tutorials

Every time I want to do something on LJ, I go everywhere I can to find out if there're tutorials to tell me what to do. And there were.

I relied extensively on tutorials from ljdesigners for this tutorial. What these tutorials do is, they effectively conceal every element of a conventional Generator layout. The image-map you see on my layout is in my userinfo box. You just can't see the box.

Generator Tutorials

Changing the Website Links

Hiding Entries Friends Calendar

Removing the Usericon

Silliest Thing I Found Out

Links: active, visited, link text, body text, accent text - do not have to all be different colours. More a design thing than anything else, but yeah.

Other Tutorials I Use

Shifting Journal Contents Downward

Resizing and Realigning Content

Background Images

Apologies to kanekoichi and everyone for my not being able to turn up today. My brother's home on vacation from Australia, and as I'm returning to London next Wednesday, my parents are in the Justify Your Every Reason for Not Spending Time with the Family mood.
Comments 
23rd-Sep-2004 06:11 am (UTC)
nice layout, but defaulting the skiplinks at 20 isn't a good way to work an image map :P

What you want is the principle of this:
http://www.livejournal.com/support/see_request.bml?id=66758

though you'll need to use the code based on your layout, as the code I used was for Generator.
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