HTML <map> Tags


An image-map, with clickable areas :

 <img src="planets.gif" width="145" height="126" alt="Planets" usemap="#planetmap">

<map name="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">
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Definition and Usage

The <map> tag is used to define a client-side image-map. An image-map is an image with clickable areas.

The required name attribute of the <map> element is associated with the <img>'s usemap attribute and creates a relationship between the image and the map.

The <map> element contains a number of <area> elements, that defines the clickable areas in the image map.

Browser Support

Element Chrome Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera
<map> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

Note : In HTML5, if the id attribute of the <map> tag is also specified, it must have the same value as the name attribute.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In XHTML, the name attribute is deprecated, and will be removed. Use the global id attribute instead.


Attribute Value Description
name mapname Required. Specifies the name of an image-map

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <map> element with the following default values :

    display: inline;