area element to define each hotspot that’s
clickable or actionable and will act as a link within a client-side image
map . The behavior of a hotspot is similar to a normal
a element) in that it can
be activated with a mouse click or the keyboard, and it’s used to link to
another web page or resource; it’s also similar to the image element
because, as it defines a specific area of a larger image, it requires us
to set an
alt attribute for
those using non-visual browsers.
This code identifies
area element within an image
<map name="bigthings" id="bigthings"> <area shape="rect" coords="35,4,205,108" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia's_Big_Things" alt="Australia's Big Things (on Wikipedia)"/> ⋮ </map> <p><img src="giant-prawn.jpg" alt="The Giant Prawn at Ballina" border="0" usemap="#bigthings"/></p>
Use This For …
This element is used to create clickable or actionable areas on an image. For example, you might use it to create a graphically rich navigation mechanism such as a map on which the different countries or regions are the clickable areas.
Note that not every
area needs to be
actionable. It’s perfectly acceptable to use
href attribute for the purposes
of outlining a given area, and for providing additional help in the form
of a tooltip created using the
title attribute. However,
this technique is inaccessible to people who use anything other than a
mouse to navigate the web page, since there will be no mouse hover event
for those users—the usual trigger for the tooltip
It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.
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