<map>: The Image Map element

The <map> HTML element is used with <area> elements to define an image map (a clickable link area).

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Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Any transparent element.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles No role permitted
DOM interface HTMLMapElement


This element includes the global attributes.


The name attribute gives the map a name so that it can be referenced. The attribute must be present and must have a non-empty value with no space characters. The value of the name attribute must not be equal to the value of the name attribute of another <map> element in the same document. If the id attribute is also specified, both attributes must have the same value.


Image map with two areas

Click the left-hand parrot for JavaScript, or the right-hand parrot for CSS.


<!-- Photo by Juliana e Mariana Amorim on Unsplash -->
<map name="primary">
  <area shape="circle" coords="75,75,75"
        target="_blank" >
  <area shape="circle" coords="275,75,75"
        target="_blank" >
<img usemap="#primary" src="parrots.jpg" alt="350 x 150 pic">



HTML Standard
# the-map-element

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