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HTML area Tag
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 25 Sep, 2020

This <area> tag is used in an HTML document to map a portion of an image to make it clickable by the end-user. It is used to direct the user to different links after the user clicks on the mapped portions of the image. It is used as a child tag of the <map> tag. It has no closing tag and hence it is an empty tag for HTML but incase of XHTML you need to close that properly. HTML5 has some new attributes.



Attributes of <area> tag:

Value Description
shape The shape to be mapped on the image, it can be a “rect” , a “circle” or a “poly”.
coords The coordinates of the shape
href href is the link where the user will be directed to after clicking the mapped portion of the image
alt Alternative text for a clickable area in an image map
download Download target when hyperlink is clicked.
target Context in which to open the link resource
hreflang Language of targeted URL.
media Optimized URL for media or device.
rel Relationship between URL and document.
type Media type of URL

Example: <area> tag in html.





<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Area Tag</title>
        body {
            text-align: center;
        h1 {
            color: green;
<img src=
         class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-910965"
         usemap="#shapemap" />
    <map name="shapemap">
         <!-- area tag contained image. -->
        <area shape="poly"
        <area shape="circle" 
        <area shape="rect"



  • Before click on specfic clickable area
  • After click on specfic clickable area

Note: This <area> tag is always nested in <map> tag.

Supported Browsers: The browser supported by <area> tag are listed below:

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