Re: ISMAP coordinate tool

Kevin Altis (
Mon, 4 Oct 1993 09:51:16 -0800

At 4:34 PM 9/30/93 -0400, Jim Davis wrote:
>Has anyone yet built a tool to facilitate creating the sets of
>rectangle definitions needed for an ISMAP image? I have one
>about 1/3 finished, but suddenly was struck by the thought that
>someone ELSE may already have one working. In an unusual attack
>of conscience I decided to ask the net instead of just hacking
>away anyway. Sooooo has anyone written such a thing yet?
>And if not, what would be a reasonable output format? I've
>seen the format in HTTP://pulua/
>Is everyone using their format for ISMAP, or are other formats
>also in use? (e.g. in the floorplan demo at
> or the active room
>(I can't find the "fish picture" anymore. What does it use?)

I've started writing some tools in MetaCard that support XMosaic
specifically and other aspects of the Web in general. One of the tools I've
started allows you to import a picture then you draw buttons on the picture
to represent hot spots, then you export the hot spots and associated URLs
to a text file. This way you don't have to spend lots of time clicking
around in xv and you can save your hot spots for later updating and if a
server uses 0-1 mapping rather than the current XMosaic pixel mapping, then
the stack can do the calculations for you. MetaCard runs on the same
platforms supported by XMosaic.

I need to finish my GUI slideshow controller today, but after that's done
I'll work some more on the ISMAP stuff.