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Talk:Louisiana (disambig)

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Mini-Imagemaps

  • Maybe I've just got imagemaps on the brain, but what would people think of doing imagemaps (like template:Locationmap) for individual states/countries that have more than one place, and sticking them on the disambigs?--Hardvice (talk) 23:31, 17 October 2007 (EDT)
    • I was thinking the same thing after our conversation about Mexico. It's a lot of images, but I think it's worth it. It's also nice that the needed pages are generally found in category:location (disambig). -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 23:33, 17 October 2007 (EDT)
      • Yeah, there's definitely value in it. People can see how close Primm and Las Vegas are, etc. The trouble is going to be fictional places like Costa Verde and San Cristobal.--Hardvice (talk) 23:54, 17 October 2007 (EDT)
        • Do you have something in mind for images? Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Blank maps has some good images, but they're small. The images they use to show locations (Wikipedia:Image:Map of USA LA.svg) are good, but I don't necessarily think we need the entire country (or world, in the case of country images). On the other hand, I don't want just the state, either. Maybe a cropped version of the Wikipedia image, only it wouldn't work because it's too small. Any other suggestions? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 22:24, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
          • I looked for a bit last night. Royalty-free, license-free maps are hard to come by. We may have to use WP's.--Hardvice (talk) 23:16, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
            • Yeah, I suppose you're right. The individual state maps (Wikipedia:Image:Louisiana Locator Map.PNG aren't bad, but I don't like the county dividers. Oh well. The country maps (Wikipedia:Image:Mexico map, MX-PUE.svg) are less than ideal, but usable. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 23:57, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
              • The county/parrish dividers are a bit annoying, but they will at least make it easy to locate cities, I guess. I'll steal one and try it out and we can decide from that if it's worth pursuing.--Hardvice (talk) 00:10, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
              • Actually, chasing that map back to its source at the US Census site (and thus copyright free), you can actually custom configure what's included on the maps. Sweet.--Hardvice (talk) 00:13, 19 October 2007 (EDT)

Imagemap

Okay, here's the first one to try out:

Maps louisiana.jpg
       
 
Alexandria
 
Shreveport
Arkansas
Texas

I added a few features to template:pushpin to make it work:

  1. You can specify label= anything and it will add a text label next to the dot
  2. It won't create redlinks, but it should still display hovertext for non-articles.

Lemme know what you think.--Hardvice (talk) 00:50, 19 October 2007 (EDT)

  • Wow, it looks really nice. I really like it! It looks really huge on the page, though--do you think we should make it smaller? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 05:22, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
    • Probably. Should be easy enough to do. I'll give it a go.--Hardvice (talk) 05:28, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
      • Yeah, I think I like that a lot better. It doesn't necessarily need to be half size, but just smaller than 450x350. It seems less imposing, ya know? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 05:32, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
        • Yeah. I went for half because dividing by two I can handle at 4:30 AM. But it's way too small for template:map texas, which I made as it's likely to be the most congested. Maybe three-quarters?--Hardvice (talk) 05:35, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
          • That sounds like a happy medium. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 05:44, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
            • I will save that for a time when I can multiply by .75, then. If anybody else wants to give it a go, just multiply all the numbers (except the offsets for the labels) by .75 and you should be good. The labels may require a little adjustment afterwards.--Hardvice (talk) 06:03, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
              • I know you got the images from factfinder.census.gov, but can you give a more specific link (or directions on where to find the map) so that they all look uniform? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 06:13, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
                • Here's a link to one for Louisiana. It doesn't play with Firefox too well; I had to use IETab to adjust the features. I basically turned off all the political subdivisions and labels except the state labels. I turned off the roads but I left the rivers on because they look kind of cool and help with locating cities. (Incidentally, if you save a copy of the same map with the cities turned on it makes finding the coordinates very easy using an image editor). I just zoomed to a level where the whole state (and a little of the surrounding states) fit in the window.--Hardvice (talk) 06:19, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
                • And here's the page that lets you pick a map.--Hardvice (talk) 06:20, 19 October 2007 (EDT)
                  • Thanks. I'll see if I have time to pull some maps tonight while I'm working on my graduate courses. Otherwise it'll have to wait. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 06:38, 19 October 2007 (EDT)