The <map> 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.
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 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="https://placehold.it/350x150" alt="350 x 150 pic">


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


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
map 1 12 1
Before Firefox 5, in Quirks Mode, empty maps were no longer skipped over in favor of non-empty ones when matching.
Before Firefox 17, the default styling of the <map> HTML element was display: block;. This is now display: inline; and matches the behavior of the other browsers. It was already the case in Quirks Mode.
Yes Yes 1
name 1 12 1 Yes Yes 1
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
map 1 18 4 Yes Yes 1.0
name 1 18 4 Yes Yes 1.0

See also

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