HTML <area> href Attribute

HTML area Tag Reference HTML <area> tag


An image-map, with clickable areas:

<img src="planets.gif" width="145" height="126" alt="Planets"

<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 href attribute specifies the hyperlink target for the area.

If the href attribute is not present, the <area> tag is not a hyperlink.

Browser Support

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Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML5, if the <area> tag has no href attribute, it is a placeholder for a hyperlink.


<area href="URL">

Attribute Values

Value Description
URL Specifies the hyperlink target for the area.

Possible values:

  • An absolute URL - points to another web site (like href="")
  • A relative URL - points to a file within a web site (like href="sun.htm")
  • Link to an element with a specified id within the page (like href="#top")
  • Other protocols (like https://, ftp://, mailto:, file:, etc..)
  • A script (like href="javascript:alert('Hello');")

HTML area Tag Reference HTML <area> tag


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