HTML area Tag

HTML <area> Tag: The <area> tag specifies an area inside an image-map which contains clickable areas. The usemap attribute in the <img> tag is associated with the <map> element’s name attribute and it creates a relationship between the image and the map tags.

HTML <area> Tag

The area tag supports both the global and event attributes in the HTML.

Syntax: &ly;area>



Browser compatibility

The <area> tag is supported by a different type of browsers.

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • InternetExplorer
  • Opera browsers.

Example:

<img src="planets.gif" width="145" height="126" alt="Citrus fruits"
usemap="#citrusfruits">
<map name="planetmap">
  <area shape="square" coords="0,0,82,126" href="orange.htm" alt="orange">
  <area shape="circle" coords="90,58,3" href="lemon.htm" alt="lemon">
  <area shape="rect" coords="124,58,8" href="grape.htm" alt="grape">
</map>

Output:

HTML area tag

 

Attributes that are supported by the <area> tag

Attribute Value Description
alt text Specifies an alternate text for the area. Required if the href attribute is present
coords coordinates Specifies the coordinates of the area
href URL Specifies the hyperlink target for the area
nohref value Specifies that an area has no associated link
shape default
rect
circle
poly
Specifies the shape of the area
target _blank
_parent
_self
_top
frame name
Specifies where to open the target URL