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HTML area Tag with Example

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HTML <area> tag represents a pointed or clickable area inside an image map.

The <area> tag is always use with HTML <map> tag and HTML <img> tag.

Note: <area> tag mostly supported in all major web browsers.

Sample Code

<img style="max-height:225px;width:275px;" alt="HTML area Tag Example"
usemap ="#useimagemap" src="/area_sample.jpg"/>
<map name="useimagemap">
<area shape ="rect" coords ="0,0,175,75" alt="rect example" href ="/area_sample.jpg"/>
<area shape ="poly" coords ="25,194,112,195,125,201,123,204,177,147,185"
alt="poly example" href ="/area_sample.jpg"/>
<area shape="circle" coords="248,38,22" alt="circle example" href="/area_sample.jpg"/>
</map>

Sample Result

Mouse hover on below image and click on the moon or any of the pointed area to see view full
size image..

HTML area Tag Example

rect example poly example circle example
Tip: You can see the complete List of HTML Elements here.

Tag Specific Attributes Support

Following are few area tag attributes that are supported by <area> tag.

Attribute Value Description
alt text Represents an alternate text for area when it is unavailable
coords if shape=”circ” then coords=”centerx,centery,radius”
if shape=”poly” then coords=”x1,y1,x2,y2,..,xn,yn”
if shape=”rect” then coords=”left,top,right,bottom”
Represents a coordinates of the area object
href url Represents hyperlink target for the area object
nohref true/false Represents that there is no hyperlinks included for the area object
shape circ
circle
rect
rectangle
poly
polygon
Represents shape for the area object
target _blank
_parent
_self
_top
Represents where to open the target URL
type mime_type Represents MIME type for the target URL

Standard Attributes Support

HTML <area> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <area> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
class user_defined Represents a style for an element which is used in CSS style sheet
id user_defined Represents unique id for an element
lang lang_code Represents the language of the element for it’s content
style css_properties Represents an inline style for an element for e.g style=”color:red;text-decoration:underline;”
title user_defined Represents a tooltip information for an elements like img, a, abbr etc

Event Attributes Support

The “script” is invoked when a certain “event” occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event. HTML <area> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <area> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
onclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse click on the specified element
ondblclick script Event Fires immediately when mouse double-click on the specified element
onkeydown script Event Fires immediately when user is pressing a down key from keyboard
onkeypress script Event Fires immediately when user presses a key from keyboard
onkeyup script Event Fires immediately when user releases a key from keyboard
onmousedown script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets down from an element
onmousemove script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseout script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets out from an element
onmouseover script Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmouseup script Event Fires immediately when a mouse pointer is released over an element
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