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HTML <area> href Attribute

❮ HTML <area> tag

Example

Use the href attribute to specify the link target for each area in the image map:

<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 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

Attribute
href Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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