HTML map tag

HTML <map> Tag


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

<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

Global Attributes

The <map> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <map> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Map Object

Default CSS Settings

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

map {
    display: inline;