Overlay icons on a map jpg for a demo

Posted on 2013-11-09
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I have a jpg image for a map.  For a demo, I looking for a quick way to throw icons on to the map at various locations.  The icons are other jpgs.   I have a key index next to the map.   When a checkbox for a key is checked, I want a set of icons to appear on the map.  When unchecked, I want them to go away.  I have multiple types of icons.

This is a VB.NET WEB App.

Any quick way to to this?
Question by:HLRosenberger
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ID: 39636776
You can do all this with css and simple JavaScript. I did this with one of my sites to show distributors across world.
You use the absolute position style of your image elements within a relative positioned div tag.
I'll have an example when I get to laptop.

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ID: 39636999
Thanks,  That would be cool!
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Rob earned 500 total points
ID: 39637782
here you go:
For each of the "icons", they have a background image and in this case I've used a sprite (multiple images in one, offset by their background-position style so you can choose multiple icons depending on what you need)

fairly simple html, you just add more "icon" divs as you need them:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset=utf-8 />
    <title>JS Bin</title>
    <div id='container'>
      <div class='map'><img src="" alt=""></div>
      <div class='icon' style="top: 170px; left: 160px"></div>
      <div class='icon' style="top: 270px; left: 560px"></div>
      <div class='icon' style="top: 370px; left: 360px"></div>

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#container {
  position: relative;
.map {
  position: absolute;
  background: url();
.icon {
  position: absolute;
  width: 42px;
  height: 44px;
  background-image: url(;
  background-position: -15px -20px;

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Expert Comment

ID: 39661066
I think this was a mistake?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39661080
Yes, my mistake.   Sorry!   And Thanks!

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