Hi, Thanks for you reply.
I have managed to get the dropdown attribute to do what I needed with the help of an ex-colleague (Magento Guru).
I basically needed a dropdown attribute with several items in the list which are then linked to a relevant image. In this case a simple image of “wood swatches, fabric swatches etc.
How did you conclude the code written in the catalog.xml is useless? That initial code combined with the code below added in the view.phtml did the trick.
<img src="/media/swatches/<?php echo str_replace(" ","-",strtolower($_product->getAttributeText('product_fabric_swatches'))); ?>.jpg” alt="<?php echo $_product->getAttributeText('product_fabric_swatches') ?>” />