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

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.
Permitted ARIA roles None
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 a compatibility-caseless match for 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.


<map name="primary">
  <area shape="circle" coords="75,75,75" href="left.html">
  <area shape="circle" coords="275,75,75" href="right.html">
<img usemap="#primary" src="http://placehold.it/350x150" alt="350 x 150 pic">

Live Example

Expected live example output

The live example above should appear similar to the following images (when using your keyboard tab key):

For the left.html link:

For the right.html link


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<map>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<map>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<map>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier)[1]
5.0 (5.0)[2]
17.0 (17.0)[3]
(Yes) 1.0 1.0
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.0)[1]
5.0 (5.0)[2]
17.0 (17.0)[3]
(Yes) 1.0 1.0

[1] Starting in Gecko 5.0 (Firefox 5.0 / Thunderbird 5.0 / SeaMonkey 2.2), empty maps are no longer skipped over in favor of non-empty ones when matching when in quirks mode. For example, consider the following HTML:

  <area shape="rect" coords="25,25,75,75" href="#fail">
<img usemap="#a" src="image.png">

[2] Prior to Gecko 5.0, the <img> element would have matched to the second, non-empty map. Now it matches against the first one, even though it's empty.

[3] From Firefox 17 the default styling of the <map> HTML element is display: inline; and no more display: block;. This matches the behavior of the other browsers and was already the case in quirks mode.

See also