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HTML Map Tag Tutorial

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The HTML map element serves two purposes. It's a container element for the <area> tags. The area tags identify the coordinates that define the clickable areas of an image and bind image map hot spots to specific web addresses.

And, with the name and id attributes, ties the image to the graphic that will be the image map.

There is an example image map below. Here is the code used to create the image map:

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The graphic to the right is the image map for the above code sample. You can try the links if you like, there's one for each ebook. The ebooks are free if you want to grab them for yourself. The links will open in a new window or tab, depending on your browser.

The area tags are always nested between the <map> ... </map> tags.

The usemap's attribute value in the <img> tag must match the value used in the <map> name attribute and id attribute. This is what creates a relationship between the image and the map code.

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This concludes the HTML Map Tag Tutorial.
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