UseMaps Crash IE When Changed

Posted Mar 30, 2008
Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Dynamically changing an image's usemap property can cause Internet Explorer to crash completely. You can encounter this problem if you have an image that is using an image map and then switch the image's usemap (and/or useMap) property to use an alternative image map. The crash happens when the image map you are changing to does not have as many area nodes as the current image map.

The solution to this problem is to add area nodes into the image map you are changing to before you change the image's usemap property. You can do this by running equalizeUseMaps() which is a function included in the JavaScript referenced below.

function equalizeUseMaps(currentUseMap,nextUseMap)

This function will add blank AREA nodes to nextUseMap if currentUseMap has more area nodes than nextUseMap has.

To use this function, add the following line of code to your HTML head:


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I haven't had IE7 installed in a while (we're at IE9 now) and I'm not sure this bug still exists anymore.



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