Focus on a marker by clicking outside the map with OpenLayers


I am looking for a way to have a list of locations outside the map div, and once I click on the item in the list to set a marker on focus in the map.

I am using OpenLayers.

All ideas are welcome, if there is an example that would be excellent.

Thanx for your time.

Here are two examples I gathered lately from the “users: Germany” forum: