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HTML <area> href Attribute

HTML area Tag Reference 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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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The href attribute is supported in all major browsers.


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.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

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


Syntax

<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="http://www.example.com/sun.htm")
  • 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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