HTML <area> alt Attribute

HTML area Tag HTML <area> tag

Example

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">
</map>

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Definition and Usage

The alt attribute specifies an alternate text for an area, if the image cannot be displayed.

The alt attribute provides alternative information for an image if a user for some reason cannot view it (because of slow connection, an error in the src attribute, or if the user uses a screen reader).

The alt attribute is required if the href attribute is present.


Browser Support

Attribute
alt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML 4.01 the alt attribute is required.

In HTML5, the alt attribute is only required if the href attribute is present. If the href attribute is not present, the alt attribute should not be used.


Syntax

<area alt="text">

Attribute Values

Value Description
text Specifies the alternate text for the area, if the image cannot be displayed

HTML area Tag HTML <area> tag

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