HTML <area> tag
An image map, with clickable areas:
<img src ="planets.gif"
usemap ="#planetmap" />
<map id ="planetmap"
<area shape ="rect" coords ="0,0,82,126" href ="sun.htm" alt="Sun" />
<area shape ="circle" coords ="90,58,3" href ="mercur.htm" alt="Mercury" />
<area shape ="circle" coords ="124,58,8" href ="venus.htm" alt="Venus" />
Try it yourself!
Definition and Usage
The <area> tag defines a region in an image map.
The area element is always nested inside a <map> tag.
The <area> tag is supported in all major browsers.
Differences Between HTML and XHTML
In HTML the <area> tag has no end tag.
In XHTML the <area> tag must be properly closed.
Tips and Notes
Note: The usemap attribute in the <img> tag refers to the id
or name (browser dependant) attribute in <map>, therefore we have added
both the id and name attributes to <map>.
DTD indicates in which DTD the attribute is
allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.
||Specifies an alternate text for the area
if shape="rect" then
if shape="circ" then
if shape="poly" then
|Specifies the coordinates for the clickable area
||Specifies the target URL of the area
|Excludes an area from the image map
|Defines the shape of the area
Where to open the target URL.
- _blank - the target URL will open in a new window
- _self - the target URL will open in the same frame as it was clicked
- _parent - the target URL will open in the parent frameset
- _top - the target URL will open in the full body of the window
|id, class, title, style, dir, lang, xml:lang, tabindex, accesskey
For a full description, go to Standard Attributes.
| onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown, onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove, onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup, onfocus, onblur
For a full description, go to Event Attributes.
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