HTML <area> tag

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
HTML area tag

When writing in HTML, the <area> tag is used to mark out certain sections within an image map. It is useful when you want an image on your page to have multiple hyperlinks. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.


The <area> element must be nested inside a <map> tag.

Example code

<img src="" alt="Computer 
Hope logo" width="412" height="82" usemap="#CHmap" class="logo"/>
<map name="CHmap">
<area shape="rect" coords="89,9,294,50" href="" alt="Computer"> <area shape="rect" coords="297,7,407,54" href="" alt="Hope">

Example result

Computer Hope logo Computer Hope

In the image above containing our logo, clicking the word "Computer" opens our computer definition page. Clicking the word "Hope" opens our hope definition page.


In an HTML tag, attributes dictate certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair. All HTML tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <area> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
alt Designates the alternate text for each area of the image map.
coords Designates the coordinates of the area.
download Designates that the target will be downloaded upon being clicked.
href Designates the URL of the web page to which the link points.
hreflang Designates the language of the file to which the link points.
media Designates the device for which the linked file is optimized.
rel Designates the relationship between the linked and current files.
shape Designates the shape of the area.
target Designates where the target URL opens.
type Designates the linked file's media type.

Deprecated attributes

A deprecated attribute is one that may function currently, but is not supported going forward. Not being supported means that, while the attribute may work with the current version of HTML, it will eventually be phased out and become obsolete. It is better to avoid using these attributes to help future-proof your website.

Attribute Description
nohref Denotes that the area does not have a hyperlink associated with it.


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