Last modified: 2008-09-27 12:32:52 UTC
Examine the sample entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Imagemap_Bug
which is a copy of the Wikipedia entry for "Area code 760" and is an attempt to
mark all the area codes on the image with the appropriate area code so that they
are clickable. Currently, only 19 of the spots are active. If you open the
page, uncomment any of the commented-out spots (some "poly" entries are marked
as "#poly" because of the bug) and if you add just one more uncommented polygon
by changing it from a commented entry to a "live" entry, then click on the
Preview button, and... Nothing!
The page is completely blank. It does not render, not even the top or side
information, not even the background.
Don't know if this is caused by more than 19 polygons or the number of
comma-based entries or what, but uncommenting even one more item causes
Wikimedia to fail to render the page. This makes it impossible to preview or
save. This behavior occurs in Netscape 7.2, Firefox 18.104.22.168 AND Internet
Explorer 6.0.2900.2180, and is consistently repeatable in all browsers.
This bug seems to be related to the number of consecutive poly commands in the
image map. Uncommenting more of the "rect" entries does not trigger the bug,
nor do some #poly items uncommented after some "rect" entries. It may be that
if there are more than 6 consecutive poly statements, or something like that,
Wikimedia doesn't like it and retaliates. Or it may be that it only occurs when
there are mixed poly and rect entries, it is conceivable that if there are no
rect entries it doesn't do this. I'll check. No, even with all rect statements
commented out, the bug resurfaces. Even breaking up the number of poly
statements to no more than 6 with rect statements still causes the bug.
The behavior is not consistent, some work and some fail.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_code_480 has 20 poly statements and works
okay, as do the area code entries for 520, 602, 623, 928 which all use the
same clickmap (the image used on each page is the same size).
The full page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Kentucky takes
forever to load, so the image won't be very visible, but go to
which brings up the map of counties in Kentucky which is a clickmap, this map
has 120 polygons and renders just fine.
Dupe of bug 8582? Same sympton: white screen on preview/saving.
I've looked at bug 8582; he's saying a space after the image size changes it.
I'm saying that certain lists of polygons for an image map cause the page to
become unreviewable / unsavable. The method for this madness is uncertain
because it doesn't always happen the same way; as noted above, a page with 120
polygons has no problem, but one with less than 20 does not work.
Confirmed. Someone with shell access should check out what's going to the error log.
I have noticed that the specification for the map may depend on where the map is
located, e.g. how the image is placed on the page, and maybe where the info box
is located. I use a program called Mapedit to create the maps, then use a text
editor to change them over to Wikimedia syntax. I know the maps are right when
I generate them, but when Wikimedia gets hold of them, in some cases the map
does not work. It may have something to do with how it is going to generate the
index point (the circle I) or where the map is placed on the page, left, center
or right justified. I think the map for
http://en.wikipedia.org/List_of_Counties_in_Virginia (List of Counties in
Virginia) has a correct map, but the click locations are migrated left.
However, the http://en.wikipedia.org/List_of_Counties_in_the_United_States has a
map of all 50 states and it does work correctly.
I'm going to do a test using Template:X9 to put the page on and get back to
everyone on it.
the problem was with an invalid title, "[[[Area code 209]]", which produced a
PHP fatal error. now it produces an error message instead.
Thank you for finding the error, I will be damned if I couldn't figure out what was wrong.