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HTML | <area> rel Attribute

  • Last Updated : 08 Jun, 2021

The <area> rel attribute is used to specify the relationship between the current and the linked document. It is used only when href attribute present.

<area rel="value">

Attribute Values: 

  • alternate: It defines an alternate version of the document i.e. print page, translated or mirror.
  • author: It defines the author of the document.
  • bookmark: It specify a related document.
  • help: It specifies a help document.
  • licence: It defines a copyright information for the document.
  • next: It defines the next document in a selection.
  • nofollow: It is used by Google, to specify that the Google search spider should not follow that link and mostly used for paid links.
  • noreferrer: It is used to specify that the browser should not send an HTTP referer header if the user follows the hyperlink.
  • prefetch: It specifies that the target document should be cached.
  • prev: It specifies the previous document in a selection.
  • search: It specifies the search tool for the document.
  • tag: It specifies a tag keyword for the current document.

Note: The <area> rel attribute is new in HTML 5.


<!DOCTYPE html>
        HTML area rel Attribute
<body style="text-align:center;">
    <img src=
        alt="" width="300" height="119" class="aligncenter"
        usemap="#shapemap" />
    <map name="shapemap">
        <!-- area tag contained image. -->
        <area shape="poly" coords="59, 31, 28, 83, 91, 83"
            alt="Triangle" rel="alternate">
        <area shape="circle" coords="155, 56, 26"
            alt="Circle" rel="alternate">
        <area shape="rect" coords="224, 30, 276, 82"
            alt="Square" rel="alternate">


  • Before click on specific clickable area: 


  • After click on specific clickable area: 


Supported Browsers: The browser supported by HTML <area> rel Attribute are listed below: 

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera


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